Why Does My Car Air Conditioning Smell

Don’t you love that new car smell? It’s too bad it can’t last forever. On the flip side, don’t you hate it when your car starts making bad smells? Sometimes, it comes from the engine, or the exhaust. Sometimes it’s because we don’t clean are cars enough. That unfinished cheeseburger in the backseat from two weeks ago might be the problem. But sometimes, your car smells fine until you turn on the air conditioning. And then all that nice cool air is ruined by something stinky. So why does your car’s air conditioning smell bad?

Most Common Reasons for Air Conditioning Smells

If you notice a bad smell from your air conditioning then you obviously have a problem. These are the most common reasons for bad air conditioning smells.

Gas Leak – if the bad odor from your air conditioner smells like gas, then you might have a gas leak. This happens because the gas smell gets sucked into the fresh air when you turn your AC on. To stop this from happening, you have to find the source of the leak and get it fixed.  A gas leak can occur in several places, so you might have to check several before you find it.

Antifreeze – another unusual smell coming from your AC can be antifreeze. This is actually kind of a sweet smell, but it’s not a good one. That sweet smell is actually coming from toxic liquid ethylene glycol and it can be very harmful. If you have a leak in your cooling system, then you might smell antifreeze in your AC. That means it’s time to get your entire cooling system checked to find and repair any damage or leaks.

Bacteria or Mold – sometimes the problem can be found in your air vents. The ad smell could be mold or some other bacteria growing inside the vents. Over time, mold, mildew and other nasty things can grow inside your vents, which can cause a foul odor every time you turn on the air. If you have growth in your air vents then you’ll need to locate the AC drain tube and make sure it’s working. You can also inject anti-bacterial solution into the AC case. This will kill any bacteria growing behind the dashboard panel.

Dirty Air Filters – one other common cause of smelly AC is dirty air filters. If your filters are not cleaned properly, or not replaced on time, they can get very nasty. All that built up filth can result in a stinky smell every time you turn on your AC. This is an easy fix. Either clean or replace your air filter and air filter housing. Keeping up on this maintenance should keep the bad smells away for good.

Keep Your AC Cool With Hoesly Eco Automotive

Summer is here and the temperature is rising. No one likes to drive a car without AC. But if you’re AC is blowing smelly air that’s just as bad. If your AC is giving you any problems then don’t wait any longer. Now is the time to bring your car, truck, crossover, or SUV into Hoesly Eco Automotive. If you need help getting your vehicle ready for those hot summer driving conditions, then come see us at Hoesly Eco Automotive today. Just click here to set up an appointment online, or call us today. We’ll get your car blowing cool, clean air as quickly as we can.

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