Question about Goodman CLQ36AR49 Air Conditioner
We installed a new unit last year, this is our second winter season and although it works fine, about every 45 minutes to an hour we smell a chemical-like smell blowing through the vents while the unit is running. It just started a couple of weeks ago and we can't figure out what is causing it. There are no signs of any leaks, but how do you know for sure? I'm worried we might get sick from it, I have never smelled this before, it smells almost like baking soda or the inside of a cooler. Thank you for any suggestions.
I ran upon this a few years agoafter 20+ years in the industry it is actually called "DIRTY SOCK". In the winter the drain pan and trap dry out and all the junk left behind when the summer rolls around mix with the condensateand cause the odor. "Home owner fix" pour a cup of bleach down the drain and in the pan let sit for about an hour then pour a gallon of hot water, that usually takes care of it.
Posted on May 31, 2009
Sounds like there may be mold growing in the evaporator drain pan and when the furnace comes on the its being burned off. I would get a UV light and have it installed in the return air and also have the coils cleaned up and the drain pan cleaned.
Posted on Dec 21, 2008
The name "Dirty Sock Syndrome" has been used to cover up a major problem with the HVAC industry. The mold/mildew/bacteria smell was what originally came up with the name, but this latest smell isn't the same. It's the result of the new kind of aluminum that's being used in the units. As far as the ordinary installer would know, it's the same material. It looks the same, it bends easily just like the old stuff. But, it's a new formula of aluminum that has been used and sheds the oxidization much more often than the old formula. The white powder that will generally be found all over the floor and sides of the indoor air fan compartment is evidence of the new troubles. Eventually, somebody will do a study of this stuff and find out if it's dangerous or not. If lawyers get involved first, you can bet it's going to be called dangerous...
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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