Removing Nasty Odors from Air Ducts

In this blog entry, the expert Phoenix air duct repair and air duct cleaning service technicians here at Air Duct Cleaning Near Me will detail the best way to remove nasty odors from your air duct system.

Rotten Egg Smell

Since you likely don’t have eggs inside your air duct system, the smell of rotten eggs indicates a gas leak. Gas leaks are incredibly serious and dangerous. If you smell eggs, open up a window and leave your home as soon as possible.


Oily Smells

The smell of oil can indicate an oil leak in your HVAC system, or an issue with your HVAC system oil burner. Contact a professional HVAC repair team for assistance with this.


Hot Gas Smells

The smell of burning gas is sometimes caused by dust gathering in your HVAC system and getting heated up. If this smell isn’t coming from your air ducts, or is sticking around for a while, contact a professional.


Electrical Smell

This often is an indication of a clogged or dirty air filter. Switch the HVAC system off and check to see if the air filter is dirty. If the air filter isn’t dirty, the wiring is probably the issue. NEVER try to repair or inspect wiring yourself, contact a professional instead.


Moldy Scents

Mold growing in HVAC systems cause moldy and musty smells. Inspect your electrical coil for mold, and if there is any there, purchase coil cleaner from a hardware store. Then access the electrical coil through the access panel, spray it with the cleaner, and wipe it. Moldy smells are also associated with clogged up drain lines. Condensation that gathers on electrical coils drip into a pan, and then into a drain line. When this drain line is clogged, moisture gathers and causes mold. Try unclogging your drain line with a shop vacuum, but if this doesn’t solve the mold smell, contact a professional HVAC cleaning expert.


Decay Smell

It’s not uncommon for household pests like mice to get stuck in air vents and die. Wear gloves, and place the rodent corpse in a plastic bag. Never touch the rodent without gloves, as it’s a risk of contagion. Then disinfect the area of the air duct around where you found the rodent. If the rodent is difficult to access, try pulling it with a wire hanger, but be aware that it might come apart if it’s severely decomposed. If this is the case, contact a professional HVAC repair team – which is additionally better because they can fill a hole or opening in your HVAC system that a rodent can enter into.

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