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Air Conditioner Repair in Hamilton Tips for Funny Smells

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Our air conditioner repair in Hamilton technicians are happy to look after any of the issues you have with your unit.  That includes funny smells. Here’s what some of those can mean.

If Your AC Smells Like Rotten Eggs  

This one is at the top of our list for a reason. If you smell rotten eggs coming from your air conditioner that could mean you have a gas leak in your house that’s getting into your ductwork. Natural gas can be dangerous. If your air conditioner is pushing air around the house that smells like rotten eggs, the best thing to do is leave the house. Call the gas company or 911.

If Your AC Smells Like Your Socks

Unfortunately, bacteria growth and standing water can make your air conditioner smell like dirty socks. As bad as that sounds, it’s not usually a health hazard. Your air filter may have become clogged or wet. You might need our air-conditioner repair in Hamilton services to come in and clean up the drain or evaporator coil in your system.

Hamilton Heating and Cooling has EPA certified HVAC techs. They are available for your air conditioning maintenance and repairs. That includes hunting down the reasons behind any of the funny smells listed here.

A Burning Smell

Although it might seem otherwise, a faint whiff of something burning when you first turn on your HVAC system or air-conditioner usually isn’t serious. On the other hand, a stronger smell like gunpowder can mean there’s an electrical fire hazard like a short-circuit or a motor overheating.


If it’s just a faint scent, you should wait a few minutes to see whether it goes away on its own. If the smell is stronger, you should turn your system off and leave your home immediately. Whenever things are safe, give us a call and we’ll come in and either replace or repair your unit.

Some people report smelling exhaust fumes through their ducts when the air conditioner is running. That type of smell usually means there’s something wrong with the motor or there might be a leak in a refrigerant line.


It’s important to keep in mind that you should never try and fix an air-conditioning unit by yourself. If you’re having an issue, you can book an appointment by clicking the tab on our website or calling us. Our air-conditioner repair in Hamilton services are always ready to help.

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