An Unusual Smell Coming From My Car Vents
Do you get a whiff of foul-smelling air when you turn on your air condition or heater? If you do you probably have a buildup of mildew and bacteria growing inside your air conditioner/heater unit located deep inside your car’s dashboard.
The condition is caused by leaves and other organic material entering your car’s vents. When the debris decomposes and combines with moisture, the result is bacteria and mildew, along with a foul smell.
Although this problem is common to every car, if your car sits a lot, the problem can be even worse, making your car a potential nesting home for small animals.
The buildup of bacteria and mildew is also unhealthy, and may lead to respiratory issues. In addition, if you car has an air conditioner/heater filter, it may be clogged with debris. This can cause a restriction in the air flow and reduce the efficiency of the heater and air conditioner.
The fix is simple. Your auto service professional using special tools can get inside the air condition/heater unit and clean up the duct work and vents. A special odor removal deodorizer is used which will also kill the mold and mildew, and help to prevent it from occurring again. If you car is equipped with an air conditioner filter, it should be replaced when this service is performed. A follow up service should be performed once a year.