Why Your HVAC Air Smells Badly and How to Fix it

There is nothing worse than having an odor in your home that you do not know the source of, nor do you know how to eliminate.  One of the more common things that occur when you have an aging HVAC system that has not been well maintained is odor issues.  You could have an HVAC system that produces air that only smells badly. As the owner of the HVAC Jacksonville FL system, how can you go about fixing such a problem?  


Finding the Source


The first piece of the puzzle here is actually to be able to locate the origin of the problem.  Where is the bad smell coming from about your HVAC system?  Is the unit itself creating the smell as it runs?  Are the air ducts dirty and that is creating an issue with the smell?  How about the air filter?  Is the filter old, to the point where it is completely worn out and smelling nasty?  

A professional at J&W Heating and Air can assist you in finding the source of the HVAC air smell.  It is all about knowing what to look for and taking a methodical approach to the issue.  If the smell cannot be easily identified, the next best option is to start to take steps, one at a time, to attempt to eliminate the odor entirely.  This may entail replacing the filter first, following by cleaning the air ducts and then taking more extreme measures.


The Air Duct Smell


Dirty air ducts are one of the more common reasons as to why you may end up with a nasty smell from your HVAC system.  As an HVAC Jacksonville FL system starts to get old, the dirt and grime that runs through the system is gong to start to build up in those air ducts.

The air ducts, the more that they are clogged, will begin to create a smell.  Think about what happens when you have a stench in the house, and it is just blown around by a ceiling fan?  That smell is not going to go away as the fan blows, it is instead simply going to be spread around.

Dirty air ducts work in much the same way about the smell that your HVAC system can create.  Regular air duct cleaning can be the absolute solution to this issue.  This means cleaning those air ducts annually, so that they are always clear for the air to pass through, improving the quality of the air and also eliminating the terrible odor.


Ancient Air Filter


Has your air filter been replaced in the past six months to a year?  If not, then it could be the air filter that is creating the odor.  Air filters, much like air ducts, need to be cleaned regularly.  Air filters are usually easier to just be replaced as a matter of fact.

When you take action to change the air filter, it is going to do wonders regarding getting rid of any odor that exists or has built up over a period.  Replace that air filter, and that may be an easy fix to a nasty HVAC Jacksonville FL odor issue.


It can be so easy for your HVAC system to start giving off a very foul smell.  Our team of professionals at J&W Heating and Air can assist you finding the source and taking action to eliminate it.  Just being aware though of how quickly dirty air ducts and air filters can lead to an odor problem though can have you in a more educated position.

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Stacy Russell
Stacy Russell
15:10 02 Jun 20
I will be recommending J&W to my friends and family. They were very professional and on time. Did a very well job in... a quality manner. Dustin, Mark, and Robert. Worked very well together and was in and out with no cleanup for me to do. Thanks so much for getting my home back to a cool environment.read more
Phillip Wallace
Phillip Wallace
13:46 27 May 20
Just had an entirely new, full HVAC install done at our old house in Riverside, which was a fairly big job. Brian and... Will did the installation, and were awesome. There was going to be issues leveling the air handler in the attic, so they moved it to a new spot and hung it instead, getting new parts/changing the plan on the fly. We're much happier with this new setup and location of the air handler. I really appreciated this, their professionalism/thoroughness, and flexibility. Brian and Will worked super-hard, and double-checked everything once the job was done. Would use this company again.read more
Louis Kincheloe
Louis Kincheloe
21:18 01 May 20
Two installers here early this morning. Worked all day. Very professional, extremely well mannered and quick to answer... all my questions. They are Dustin and Robert. Both men went above just installing my new unit, they were personable and knowledgeable in what they were doing. I was surprised when I found out these two hadn't been working that long together. They worked extremely well together. I highly recommend this two men.read more
Shirley Davis-So Brooks
Shirley Davis-So Brooks
18:10 01 Jun 18
Very pleased with installation of York A/C Heating unit. Jason Bottoms and Jason Flatearth were professional, ... arrived on time and completed the job in a timely manner. The unit looks great. They upgraded and repaired everything that needed it. Great Job.read more
James Ponciano
James Ponciano
22:46 03 May 18
A snake crawled into my outdoor condenser and stopped my 16 year old Trane last week on Thursday. The power surge took... out my blower unit circuit board and the motor. I called J&W and Rob was over within two hours of my call. I was spec'd a new York 17 seer system and it was up and running on Monday. Technicians Jason and Brian arrived promptly and every facet of the installation was thorough. When completed, I would not of even known they were there except they left my garage cleaner! Thanks J&W!read more
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