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My husband and I have spent a lot of time consulting with an architect. After living in our cramped, starter home for the past 11 years, we were finally ready to make some needed changes to it. We have added an extra 600 square feet of space onto our house. Before the construction began, we finalized the plans for our new heating and air conditioning unit with our HVAC contractor. Because our home was going to be substantially bigger than it is now, we purchased a larger HVAC system. We also installed a new, digital thermostat inside my home. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of HVAC units to buy for mid-size homes. Enjoy!


Preparing for My Dream Home

Strange Smells From Your AC And Associated Problems

by Rita Richardson

Owning an AC unit often means you have to deal with noise and sometimes odors. Like most homeowners, you'll get used to the two, but occasionally, the odors become intolerable. You can ignore some mild odors, but certain odors necessitate immediate attention. These odors include the following. 

Electrical or Burning Odor

If you can smell a burning odor after you have installed a new AC and turned it on for the first time, or after months of inactivity, it's normal. The burning odor is often associated with dust collected after months of inactivity. Once you turn on the heat, it burns the dust, which produces a strange burning smell. 

If it's an electrical odor, it may indicate a mechanical problem, wiring issue, or electrical component failure. Give it a few minutes and if it doesn't dissipate, turn off the unit. Contact HVAC contractors and inquire if they offer air conditioning repair services. 

Rotten Eggs

The smell of rotten eggs is repugnant and indicates a gas leak. If you can smell natural gas in your home, it's likely you have a gas leak. This is a dangerous leak, and you shouldn't hold off contacting professionals. Natural gas is flammable, and it's also toxic if you're exposed to it for extended periods. Therefore, open your windows, leave the house and contact the relevant professionals to conduct an inspection. If the leak is coming from your AC unit, you'll need air conditioning repairs to plug the leak. 

Musty Smell 

Moldy or musty odors are common features in AC systems due to condensation. If the moisture isn't drained properly, it creates the perfect conditions for mold buildup in your ducts. Since you have ducts running all over your house, you'll have trouble locating the areas with mold buildup. 

If this problem isn't resolved, it can cause an increase in respiratory infections. Contact HVAC contractors and schedule AC unit inspection. After the inspection, they'll handle the problem and perform associated air conditioning repairs. 

Why These Strange Odors Require Urgent Attention

Some of these odors are potentially toxic; thus, you shouldn't ignore them. Also, use your other senses when trying to figure out the smell. Listen for strange sounds and look out for cracks and wiring issues. Once you have gathered enough information about the problem, contact your HVAC technician and schedule repairs. Don't attempt to DIY fix the problem, especially a natural gas leak. To learn more, contact a company like A1 Zuzu Plumbing, Heating and Air.