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Air conditioner My air conditioner has a mildew smell. I've put it in the shop 2 times and no one seems to be able to figure it out. Where do I find all the air filters? I know this is the smell problem. Linda Martindale 870-557-0697

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There is no filter, this smell is caused by mold/mildew in the system from normal condensation from the AC evaporator core, you can try Lysol, spray at the air intake in front of the windshield for about 20 seconds, turn of the system and let it set overnight, this will cure the problem for a few months, then you will have to treat it again, as the mold will regrow in the moist environment of the AC air distribution box.

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