Updating Your HVAC Unit

The Smell Of An Air Conditioner In Need Of Repair

Keeping your commercial space cool and comfortable would be impossible without a functional air conditioner. Unfortunately, the AC unit that is meant to make life more bearable can become a source of distress when it falls into disrepair.

You may be surprised to discover that you can tell a lot about the condition of your commercial AC unit simply by paying attention to the smells it emits.

Here are three odor-producing types of damage that can indicate your AC unit is in need of professional repair.

1. Fan Motor Damage

Most modern air conditioners are equipped with a fan that helps move cooled air through air ducts in your commercial space. If the motor that powers this blower fan sustains any serious damage, you could notice a burning smell coming from your vents.

It's important that you have the motor repaired as quickly as possible once you detect a burning smell. Allowing the faulty fan motor to continue running could result in the need for a total fan replacement rather than just repairs.

2. Refrigerant Leak

Liquid refrigerant circulates through most modern commercial air conditioners. This refrigerant is responsible for helping facilitate the transfer of heat that produces cool air.

Refrigerants typically remain within a closed system. Over time, the hoses that move refrigerant through the AC system can develop cracks or holes. This allows the refrigerant to leak out into your AC unit.

Your customers and employees may notice a sweet smell wafting through the vents in your commercial space when a refrigerant leak has occurred.

Contact with liquid refrigerant can have dangerous consequences, so have an HVAC technician repair any refrigerant leaks as quickly as possible.

3. Microbial Growth

The air that is circulated through your commercial AC unit changes temperature while inside. The transformation from hot to cold can cause condensation to form along the interior surfaces of your AC unit. This moisture acts as a breeding ground for microbes.

Microbial growth in your commercial AC unit can produce a musty odor. Not only does microbial growth create an unpleasant smell, it can be detrimental to the health of your customers and employees.

The microbes that are broken loose by air moving through your AC unit can travel through air ducts and into your commercial space. The symptoms of respiratory ailments like allergies and asthma can be made worse by exposure to these microbes.

A professional HVAC technician will need to clean out your AC unit to eliminate microbial growth.

For more info, contact a company like Round Top HVAC, Inc.