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Bad Odor When the Cold Air Stops Blowing

The unit works great. It's a couple years old. However, when the cold air kicks off as it reaches the right temp, it emits a terrible smell. I've read alot about the drip tray or something having to do with the water being plugged. I cannot figure out how to get to it and their website manuals are not linking right so I can check which screws I need to take out to get to the problem. How can I resolve this odor issue? It's unbearable.

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  • jessicadrago May 25, 2009

    I'm sorry. This is a window unit. It's a Frigidaire FAX054P7A

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I had a similar problem with an 8,000 BTU room air conditioner. I originally thought the cause of the smell was a rubber gasket, but after opening the unit up I found that it was just dirt (plus what seemed like 100s of dead bugs in various states of decomposition). I carefully removed as many screws as I could to get at the bottom tray, which I scraped with a flat head screwdriver and wiped with a rag. I ultimately found that the biggest source of the odor was the outside condenser coils, which I proceeded to squirt down with a garden hose. The entire process took 2.5 hours and definitely was a pain, but at least now I can run the unit without gagging on the smell.

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Is this your car or house a/c?

Posted on May 24, 2009

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    Ned C Cook May 25, 2009

    Many times when a wall or window a/c unit is installed the installer levels the unit.It should actually be lower on the outside end than the wall end. This keeps the condensate water from collecting in the pan waiting to evaporate.. There ishould be drain Hole or knock out at the condensor end of the pan. The condensor is the radiator looking thing outside. If nno hole can be found , one can be made but with extreme caution. A drill will puncture the condenser if it even bumps it..It is better and safer to remove the unit or at lest slide it forward out of the cabinet befor drilling. Thats the cabinet, now the pan needs a hole . making really no difference where as long as its away from anything the drill would damage. Once the water drains its a mater of keeping the filter clean. Household dirt and such really stinks when damp and the evaporator the filter covers is always damp.. Good luck and Make sure it drains into an area water won't cause damage.

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