While you may not have heard of “Dirty Sock Syndrome”, you’d likely recognize it were you to smell it. Dirty Sock Syndrome is a common term in the HVAC industry for a musty stench that can sometimes assault your senses upon opening your AC unit. causing your home to start smelling like dirty gym socks in no time.
This smell is of course unpleasant to most people. While it’s not usually dangerous, it is a sign of a problematic HVAC unit. All Seasons Inc., one of the top local air conditioning companies in the local area, explains everything you need to know about this so-called “syndrome.”
The Culprit Behind the Smell
Dirty Sock syndrome refers to the build-up of mildew, bacteria and sometimes mold on the evaporator coil of an air conditioning unit. Continued use of the HVAC system increases moisture content, allowing mold and mildew to spread and multiply. It’s also a result of inefficient filtration, which can cause dust particles to collect on the unit’s interior components.
Determining the Problem
AC and furnace companies recommend first ruling out other potential problems before diagnosing the HVAC unit as having Dirty Sock Syndrome. Upon identifying this noticeable smell, make sure drainage pans are empty and rust-free. If they’re not, remove any water from them and clear any obstructions. If left ignored, a drain pan that retains water can exacerbate the growth of mold and mildew.
The Good and the Bad
Dirty Sock Syndrome isn’t usually dangerous, considering the mildew and bacteria that form within the unit aren’t detrimental to anyone’s health. Mold, however, is something to watch out for. Your conditioned air can spread it throughout the house, where it could cause respiratory problems for vulnerable members of the household.
This issue can be prevented by taking care of the unit itself. For one thing, you should use high-quality filters and make sure they’re cleaned or replaced regularly. Of course, it’s always best to hire a professional HVAC technician trained in performing ongoing maintenance. All Seasons Inc. offers a comprehensive maintenance program that will keep your HVAC unit in tip-top shape.
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