Does Your AC Smell Like Dirty Socks? How To Eliminate The Odors


Your house smells like dirty socks. You've looked all over, but can't seem to find the source of the odor. You've cleaned everything, but the odor remains. Stop scrubbing—the problem could be hiding in your air conditioner! Dirty sock syndrome is real, and it affects more air conditioners than you might think. Luckily, you don't have to live with the odor for long. Here are some steps you need to take to rid your air conditioner of the dirty sock odor.

Invest in Better Filters

Now that you know that the dirty sock odor comes from your air conditioner, replace the filter. This is especially important if you still use a standard fiberglass filter. Fiberglass filters may be economical, but they don't do anything to stop odors. Keep the musty, dirty sock odors out of your home. Invest in a cotton-polyester fiber or synthetic fiber filter. These filters do a better job at trapping the odor-causing bacteria. They also help reduce moisture that causes odors.

Empty the Drain Pan

You changed the filter, but the odors still linger. It's time to check out your drain pan. You may not know that your air conditioner has a drain pan, but it does. The drain pan is located under the main AC unit. Like your refrigerator drain pan, your AC drain pan needs to be cleaned at least twice a year. Without proper cleaning, the water inside the pan can develop a mold and algae problem. That's where you get the dirty sock odor. Remove the drain pan and give it a deep cleaning. The odors should go away.

Seal Your Ductwork

Now that you've taken care of two of the main causes for dirty sock odors, you should have some relief. But, if you still smell the same lingering odor, get to work on your ducts. Your ducts need to be cleaned about once every three to five years. Proper cleaning keeps the dirty sock odors under control. When you have your ducts cleaned, have them inspected for damage. Cracks and loose joints increase moisture content in the ducts. The added moisture increases the occurrence of dirty sock odors.

Add Some Light

You've tried everything and the odors are still a problem in your home. It's time to add some extra light. If your AC doesn't get enough light during the day, bacteria can grow inside the coils. You don't have control over the amount of sunlight your AC receives. But, there is still something you can do to fix the problem. Have your HVAC technician Install a UV light near your AC unit. The UV light will kill the odor-causing bacteria.

For more tips and tricks on air conditioning repair, contact a local HVAC technician today.


30 March 2020

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