Vehicle Air Conditioning; What’s that Smell?

For over 40 years Aircon Direct has been offering automotive services to owners of vehicles of all makes and models. During this time we made the decision to dedicate our expertise entirely to vehicle air conditioning diagnostics, repairs and replacements. 

Whether you own an Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes or any other vehicle and you are noticing an unusual smell that is filling your interior when you turn on the air conditioning system, then our first class services are sure to be the answer. 

To find out more information about our team of professionally trained experts and how we can help you with any problem that arises when it comes to your vehicle's air conditioning system, then please visit our website or give us a call today on 01474 832941.

Why Does Your Car’s Air Conditioning Smell?

When your car’s air conditioning system emits an unpleasant smell, it can indicate a potential issue that requires attention. Foul smells originating from the air conditioning system can stem from a variety of factors. One common cause is the accumulation of moisture within the air conditioning unit, creating a breeding ground for mould and mildew. These microorganisms thrive in the damp environment and release an unpleasant smell as they grow.

Another possible culprit is a clogged or dirty cabin air filter, which can trap dirt, debris and even bacteria over time, ultimately resulting in musty or stale smells. Additionally, if there is a refrigerant leak, the chemical compounds in the refrigerant can produce a distinct and often unpleasant smell.

Addressing these smells promptly is crucial, as they not only compromise the comfort of your driving experience, but they can also indicate potential health risks. Having your car’s air conditioning system inspected and serviced by our professionals at Aircon Direct can help to identify the source of the smell and ensure proper maintenance and cleanliness, therefore ensuring that you can enjoy fresh and clean air curing your journeys. 

Here are some tips to help prevent your air conditioner from smelling bad;

  • Clean or replace your air filters regularly; this should be done every 1-3 months, depending on the level of use
  • Check your drain pan regularly and make sure it is not clogged; if the pan is clogged, water will not be able to drain properly and this can lead to mould or mildew growth
  • Inspect your air conditioner for any signs of damage or leaks; if you see anything, have it repaired immediately
  • Keep your air conditioner clean and well-maintained; this will help to prevent the growth of mould, mildew, and other bacteria

However, if you are still noticing an unpleasant smell emanating from your car’s air conditioning system, we highly recommend getting in contact with our team at Aircon Direct as soon as possible. We will be able to inspect your air conditioning system, find the reason for the unusual smell and determine the suitable resolution to remove the smell as well as prevent it from returning in the future.

In order to do this, we ask that you please give us a call on 01474 832941 or fill in the relevant information into our online contact form sooner rather than to get your vehicle booked in a time and date that is suitable for you, so that we can get to work on removing the smell coming from your car’s air conditioning system.