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I have a maytag ac unit that kept smelling moldy. We tried spraying with antifungal, only helped for a short time. I took the unit (ac unit slides out of window case) outside and carefully removed screws only to discover the fan was covered in mold!!!! Oh my what a horrible discovery! I washed the fan blades with bleach and water mix. I completely and carefully washed and wiped down the air conditioner careful around the control box. Then I let the unit sit outside in the sun untill completel dry. Good bye mold and fresh clean cool ac!! I will do this each year now that I saw that ugly mold!! That is definetly a health hazard! I would reccommend you either thouroughly clean your unit or pay someone to do it or get a new unit right away!! Don't use that moldy unit another day!! Good Luck!
YOU NEED TO CHECK AND SEE THAT THE UNIT THAT WAS INSTALLED IN YOUR HOUSE IS NOT OVERSIZED FOR YOUR HOUSE THIS CAN CAUSE IT TO CYCLE OFF TO FAST AND NOT REMOVE THE HUMIDITY AND CAN BE THE CAUSE OF YOUR MOLD.IF YOU SEND ME THE MODEL NUMBER I CAN TELL YOU WHAT SIZE IT IS THEY ARE RATED IN BTU'S AND HIIDDEN WITHIN THE MODEL NUMBER EVERY 12,000 BTU'S IS 1 TON SO AN RAK04259 THE IMPORTANT NUMBER 1S THE 42 IT MEANS 42,000 BTU'S AND THAT IS A THREE AND A HALF TON
Hi, Try spraying a small amount of an anti fugal or anti mildew air freshener onto the evap coil while it is wet. A small amount of bleach (1 tsp to 1 qt of water) mixed in water sprayed on it will also help. There is actually mold or mildew growing on the coil and in the drain pan. Do not use much because these chemicals could be corrosive to the aluminum evap coil. Let me know if this helps.
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Hello typically a air conditioner does not give off a foul smell, sometimes the condensate that drains out can have a moldy kind of smell or if mold is growing inside the unit it can give off a foul smell called " dirty sock syndrome". The last possibilty is that if the condensate line is drained to a floor drain and on the negative pressure side of the evaporator coil it could be pulling the sewer gas up thru the line, in this case the condensate line must be trapped to prevent this. Also, I would recommend pouring some bleach into the condensate line every few monthes.
That moldy smell that you get is from all the condensation water sitting in the condensation pan between seasons, if the unit is accessible, you could clean the algae from the pan, also, if the unit is located in a external are, it doesn't hurt to wash the coils with a coil cleaner and water.
1/4 cup powdered DISHWASHING soap and 1 cup bleach straight into the wash tub with a squeeze of lemon on a dirty rag HOT water wash. You may have to do this 2 to three times the first time.
Make sure your using HE laundry soaps.
There are at least 2 products out there for HE washer cleaning cycles. Tide and Affresh. It is in the laundry soap section of most supermarkets. You should use one of these type products at least one a month.
moldy smell, may not be mold at all, in fact most "moldy musty" smells actually come from user not using proper detergents, you NEED to be using an HE detergent and little amounts of that even. cut back on fabric \softneer if using, www.affresh.com new product to help alleviate this issue
forget the vinegar, theres a product www.affresh.com this will help. you also MUST USE HE( high efficency) DETERGENt. reccomneded amount is 2-3 tablespoons. regular detergent, and too much fabric softener is possibly adding to the moldy/musty smell..
Thanks for your suggestion about looking in the lip of the seal. I found one of my three year old granddaughters socks. Also, the seal for very dirty so I mixed a 50% solution and 50% solution of chlorox and used an old towel rag to wipe and wash throughly around the lip seal.
I noted that the aluminum ring inside the washer had also accumulated a lot of dirt. With one hand and fingers I held the wet cholorx towel inside the ring and with the other hand spun the tub around several turns until I had removed all the dirt and grime.
It did have a moldy smell. I'll let you know if this fixed the problem.
I had the same problem. Have you cleaned the filter under the front panel? Simply remove the three screws holding the panel below the door and remove the 2" white screwcap. Be sure to have a basin handy to catch the water. (possibly a couple of gallons if the stainer is really clogged) I suspect you'll find several moldy items that are causing the odor. Good luck.