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March 29, 2022
You wait for this moment every year. As the weather gets warmer and warmer, you try to resist turning on the air conditioning for the first time. How much will you sweat before you give in to the heat? Maybe you’re on the other end of the spectrum and can’t wait for any excuse to create a deep chill in your home.
Hold on a second. What’s that funky smell? What’s that loud noise you’ve never heard before? And why isn’t your home getting any cooler?!?
Steps to Turn on Your A/C for the First Time After Winter
Actually, let’s talk about what NOT to do when you turn on your A/C for the first time after winter. Do not just turn it on and walk away! This is when you can identify warning signs that something isn’t quite right and address any issues immediately.
Here are the basic steps to follow when turning on your A/C for the first time after winter:
Why Does the A/C Smell Musty After Winter?
A musty smell, sometimes called “dirty sock syndrome,” comes from bacteria or mold that built up somewhere in the unit, whether in the drain, evaporator coil, drip pan, or drain line. A/C systems are dark and damp, making them ripe for bacteria and mold growth.
Although a musty smell is common, it shouldn’t be ignored. Routine maintenance by an HVAC professional will pinpoint the cause so issues can be addressed.
Signs that You Need to Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit
Ultimately, you should let an HVAC professional make this determination, but here are some warning signs of a problem.
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