Why Your Air Conditioning Smells Bad & What To Do

Why Your Air Conditioning Smells Bad & What To Do

In a matter of car ride antics and politics – he who smelt it dealt it often settles the blame game. But one thing’s for certain, if your contaminated Air Conditioner is the one at fault, it’s unpleasant and unbearable. On the bright side, it may be the last time you ever have to carpool, but let’s save you the embarrassment and show you how you could treat your A/C.

Time to time, your air conditioner will accumulate nasty microorganisms such as mould, bacteria, fungi and mildew. Especially when you haven’t turned the A/C on in a long while eg. over Winter and have switched it on for the first time in Summer/Spring, only to be blasted with a stench. Leaving this untreated not only leaks a bad odour, but can also pose a health risk if inhaled as it can trigger allergies. So if your car air conditioning smells bad, it is definitely something you’d want to consider fixing before you start hitting the roads again.

What Can You Do?

1. Perform Antibacterial Treatment

Don’t let the name fool you, an antibacterial treatment can be done quite easily and most often by anyone. Purchase an air conditioner antibacterial cleaner (spray) from your local Auto Store. With the air conditioner turned on, spray a few passes across the driver and passenger foot compartment. The foot compartment is where air is sucked up for your air conditioner and doing so will ensure your cleaner air ducts. It is recommended that you should do this once a month to ensure you breathe in clean air. Instructions will vary depending on the manufacturer of the cleaning agent. Be sure to avoid overspray and apply with caution, as it can be difficult to remove especially when on car window tints

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2. Use an Air Freshener

Now when your air conditioning smells real bad, using an air freshener solely will not fix the issue it will only mask the smell temporarily. If your car air conditioner is in need of a service, please do perform that first before inserting an air freshener.

3. Get a New Air Filter

It is recommended that you change your air filter once every few thousand kilometres and if you haven’t already, chances are, it could be a culprit. This is because your air filter can sometimes be a breeding ground of trapped pollutants such as dust mites, dirt and so on.  Yes, some air filters can be reused, given that you have washed it thoroughly, but do consider a new one every now and then. Whether your air filter is reusable will depend on its composition, if it is made up of a paper material, it is most likely a single use filter that will need to be disposed of otherwise you will lack a degree of protection. So in moments when the air conditioning smells bad, be sure to check the condition of your air filter, make sure it is still fairly new.

4. Follow Through With An Ozone Generator

The Ozone Generator is an effective unit that is widely used by hotels, supermarkets and now professional car care technicians to add an extra layer of disinfecting. Ozone is widely used for its effective use against eradicating and minimising unwanted odours and smells by tackling the source. It is best used after detailing the interior of a car, particularly an upholstery shampoo. Smell is a tricky task to deal with and will often involve a process of elimination to rectify rather than one single procedure.

Sometimes locating the source of the smell can be difficult. If you have discovered that the smell is not from the Air Conditioner, a shampoo of the interior cleaning car seats, mats and carpet can help and at times alleviate the smell ie an overall thorough car detailing session. Obviously this all depends on the source of the smell and how long it has been left unattended. For more intense situations, an Ozone Generator would be the best solution. For an interior detailing service that incorporates shampoo and the use of an ozone generator, contact Schmicko.

If you enjoyed this article because you enjoy receiving easy DIY tips on how to best maintain your vehicle, then perhaps you should consider reading some books for beginner auto mechanics. Here you will find a great resource of books for any beginner and beginning mechanic; get up and running in no time.



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