The last thing you want or need is strange and foul odors circulating throughout your commercial building, creating an unpleasant and unhealthy environment for building occupants. If your commercial HVAC is producing strange odors, this could indicate various issues that can impact how your HVAC performs and ultimately result in system failure. Continue reading to identify three reasons why your commercial HVAC is producing strange odors.
The smell of rotting eggs and garbage can be extremely disgusting and nauseating. If you’re experiencing a rotting odor circulating throughout your air ducts every time your commercial HVAC is activated, you should contact an HVAC technician. Rotting odors from commercial HVAC systems is usually an indicator of a dead animal trapped in your air ducts that should be removed or your system has a gas leak. Gas leaks are extremely hazardous and can compromise the health and safety of building occupants. If there’s one in your building, you should shut your commercial HVAC system down, open a few windows, and vacate the premises immediately until the leak is located and repaired to ensure the health and safety of building occupants.
Musty and mildew odors are among the most common smells property owners and building managers experience when activating their HVAC systems. If your commercial HVAC is producing odors that smell like must or mildew, it’s generally a sign indicating mold and mildew have accumulated within your air ducts due to built-up condensation in your system. This is why commercial air duct cleaning is essential in commercial buildings to prevent this issue from occurring. Mold and mildew not only produce unpleasant odors in a building, but they can compromise the indoor air quality of a building, causing severe health risks for building occupants.
There are many reasons why your commercial HVAC could be producing electrical odors, including restricted airflow from a dirty air filter. However, electrical odors usually consist of a burning smell, like burning rubber or plastic, indicating that your commercial HVAC is overheating due to an electrical malfunction. It’s most likely a result of faulty wiring or issues with the motor. It’s best to contact an HVAC technician for a proper diagnosis before the problem progresses, resulting in expensive repairs or replacements.
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