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Odors From Your Heat Pump? Here’s What to Do

The air blowing out of your heat pump should never produce an odor. If it does, that’s a major red flag that something is wrong inside of the unit. You should never ignore bad odors coming from your heat pump, even if they seem relatively minor.

Bad odors are usually a sign that you need heat pump repair in Lake City, FL. You can keep reading to learn more about some of the more common odors that may come from your heat pump and what they mean. If you notice any of them, give us a call to schedule a service appointment at your earliest convenience. 

Damp or Musty Odors

If the air blowing out of your vents suddenly smells musty or damp, there may be mold and mildew growth inside of your heat pump. This is dangerous because the spores are harmful to your health. Once mold, or mildew begins to develop, it can spread very quickly. If mold growth is significant enough that it is producing an odor, you need to schedule service right away. 

Our team can identify the source of the mold or mildew, clean it away, and then take steps to prevent it from coming back again in the future. Many times, high humidity levels can contribute to mold growth, so a dehumidifier may be necessary to help prevent future problems.

Burning Smells

Anything that smells like it’s burning should also be considered a red flag. If something is burning inside of your heat pump, the problem is causing fire hazards and other safety issues for your home and family. It’s possible that parts are grinding together and causing the system to overheat. 

It’s equally possible that there is an electrical issue that needs to be addressed. If you smell something burning and suspect that it is coming from your heat pump, turn the unit off right away and leave it off until our team can complete a thorough inspection and identify the problem.

Rotten Eggs

This smell is most commonly attributed to gas leaks. Although gas does not have an odor, gas service providers often add a smell to their gas supply so that leaks are easier to identify. But heat pumps do not operate using gas.

It’s possible that you have a gas leak somewhere else in your home if you have gas service, so that is something to consider. But if the smell is definitely coming from your heat pump, it is more likely that a small rodent climbed into a portion of the unit and died. 

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