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Car Air-conditioner Smells Removed at HAC Rockhampton

Car air conditioners create the perfect environment for mould and bacteria, this creates a foul smell in the air flow from the air conditioner and it's unhealthy.

The Variations of Car Air-conditioner Bacterial Smells

A musty smell inside your car isn’t the only potential problem that may arise from an old cabin air filter. There are a couple of crucial reasons to ensure a cabin air filter replacement is your top car-care maintenance priority! Here’s what happens if your cabin air filter is dirty and what you should do about it.


Why Does Car A/C Smell?

Your vehicle’s air conditioning system can either condition air from outside the vehicle or condition the air that’s in the vehicle by recirculating it through the system. If the source of a strange odor exists near or inside your car, then your air conditioner essentially channels that smell straight through your vents and into your face!

Strange, sudden odors coming through your A/C from inside or outside your vehicle can usually be resolved by removing or driving away from the odor. But if your car A/C smells like vinegar, gas, mold, mildew, or even like it’s burning, there may be cause for concern.

Your A/C Smells Like Petrol?

While your cabin air filter does a good job of filtering out dust, debris, and other harmful materials, it’s not quite strong enough to filter out stronger smells like petrol. If your vehicle is leaking petrol, there’s a good chance that the smell of petrol will get sucked into your cabin through the air conditioning.

A fuel leak can be very dangerous. If you smell petrol in your A/C, it’s best to shut off your car immediately and have it towed to your Highway Auto Care Rockhampton to have your fuel system inspected and repaired if necessary.

Your A/C Smells Like Mildew or Mold

If your car A/C smells like mildew or mold, it could very well be actual mildew or mold! As your vehicle ages, bacteria can grow in the system where moisture typically collects — particularly on the A/C’s evaporator. When this happens, a pungent, mildew-like smell can get blasted into your cabin through your A/C vents.

If your mold or mildew problem seems mild, there are over-the-counter remedies available. If you’re looking for something with an easy application, try a vent and duct cleaner you can spray into your vents to help neutralize the odor, this may not solve the health issue associated with mold. For a long-term solution, schedule an A/C service appointment at Highway Auto Care Rockhampton to have your system inspected and repaired as necessary.

Your A/C Has A Burning Smell

A burning smell from your car’s A/C is never a good sign. But the type of burning smell can make a difference in how you react! Here are a few common types of burning smells you could smell coming through the A/C.

Replacing your cabin air filter may seem simple, but it’s a rapidly growing component of manufacturer scheduled maintenance services, as it can be a simple way to ensure your vehicle is performing like it should.

How often you need to change the cabin air filter may depend on a few different factors. A general rule of thumb is approximately every 12 months or 20,000 Km , unless otherwise indicated by your owner’s manual. But depending on your driving conditions, it may be a better idea to change the filter more frequently due to increased contact with common pollutants like dirt and pollen.

Burning Rubber.

You may smell burning rubber if there is an issue with the A/C compressor, A/C compressor clutch or a misaligned pulley. Either of these may cause the belt to drag which may cause a burning rubber smell.

Burning Oil.

Over time, oil can leak from your engine through gaskets, hoses, and even the oil filter. When this leaky oil hits your hot engine or other heated elements under the hood, it can quickly emit a burning oil odor that can blow in with your A/C.

In general, it’s safe to assume that any burning smell emitting from your vehicle’s A/C is not a good sign. Since each type of burning smell can be caused by a number of issues, it’s hard to diagnose the problem with just your nose. Instead, head into your closest Firestone Complete Auto Care to let our professional technicians sniff out the root of that burning odor, so you and your car can stay safe and cool on the road.

Your A/C Smells Sweet.

Can you smell a sweet scent coming from your A/C? You might not want to take a big whiff. A sweet scent in your car’s air conditioning could indicate an antifreeze leak in your cooling system. Ethylene glycol is a component in antifreeze that makes it excellent at lowering the freezing temperature of the liquid. It’s also the same substance that gives antifreeze it’s strangely sweet scent.

Leaking coolant can be detrimental to your vehicle. If you smell something sweet in your car’s A/C, it’s vital to have your vehicle brought in immediately for a Complete Vehicle Inspection.

Breathe Easy with Highway Auto Care Rockhampton.

Driving with a dirty cabin air filter doesn’t just make your driving experience uncomfortable; it can also be a burden on your vehicle! If it’s time to change your cabin air filter, visit Highway Auto Care Rockhampton for professional, quality air filter replacement.

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