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Why Does Your Air Conditioner Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The weather is cooling down in Portland and we’ll likely be reducing the use of our air conditioners. This season we get many of air conditioner repair calls from homeowners declaring that they smell something when their air conditioner turns on for the first time in a while. It’s likely that your air conditioner hasn’t been operating for a little while. In that time, dust may have accumulated inside your system. The first time you turn on your air conditioner, that dust will get cleaned out. The smell from this will journey through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually pose any sort of concern and the smell will normally go away after a short amount of time. However, if the scent does not go away after a bit, please inform one of our pros.

Another reason you could be smelling an odor from your air conditioner is that your air filter might have gotten blocked. This can cause your blower motor to get overused and could cause the motor, and/or the air conditioner to overheat.

Your air conditioner is going to be an crucial part of your life even during these coming months. If you haven’t yet scheduled your regular air conditioner repair, now is the perfect time. Our experts will be sure your system is working smoothly and clean the internal components before you have to worry about a burning scent. Give us a call at 503-213-4433 to schedule an appointment with us.