How To Reduce Aircon Odor?

Industrialization in Singapore has greatly transformed the environment and particularly the air citizens breathe in. Environmental pollution is a contentious issue that Singaporeans have to deal with. This has prompted most residents to invest in air conditioner systems just to ensure the purity of their environment. Owners of air conditioning systems have to deal with air conditioner problems which are very rampant. Most air conditioner odors emanate from excessive bacteria growth, engine leak, filter dirt, dead animal, smoke and moisture. It is good to know though that you do not need to contact an AC repair company for odors. You can however contact a professional in case you are unable to diagnose the cause or cure the odor.

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Tips on how to reduce air conditioner odor

1. Service your air conditioner regularly

Most consumers intentionally ignore this. Air conditioners should be serviced at least twice a year. All you need to do is contact a technician who will visit your home and check the AC. He will thoroughly check the chambers, and vents. Also very crucial is the air filter, it should be well cleaned or even changed if necessary. A clean air filter will ensure you enjoy fresh, pure and healthier air. Besides just guaranteeing you fresh air, a clean filter reduces the energy required to power the AC. The technician will also remove any dirt that has accumulated in the drain. The drain line should be washed with clean water and a bleach. The bleach serves to remove mildew. Regularly servicing your air conditioner will save you a lot in terms of repair costs. The mistake most consumers make is to wait until there is unbearable odor.

2. Clean the air conditioner yourself occasionally

If you are a DIY (Do it yourself) expert there is no need to call a professional. You can use a rag to wipe off or scrub any dirt from the filter. If the odor was due to dirt accumulation in the filter, this process will help solve it. It is important that you make this a routine maintenance activity for your AC. This way you will be able to clean and remove the dust before it goes all the way to clog the drain and the condensation chambers.

How to effectively clean an air conditioner yourself

· Make a cleaning solution

As much as you need so much water when reducing odor from an AC, you have to mix it with a cleaning solution. The best and safe one to use is vinegar. There are cleaning solutions made specifically for that purpose but since you are doing it yourself you do not have to purchase any. Just pour 75% water and 25% vinegar in a bowl then mix well.

- Before you start cleaning, you have to ensure that the power supply to your AC unit has been switched off. Remove and wash the drain line with the solution you had prepared and later return it to its position when dry.

- Then locate the grills of the AC and have them opened. While cleaning the grills just concentrate on them do not bother yourself with the filter, you will clean it later. Take a clean rag and dip into the solution then use it to wipe the grills. Wipe each grill thoroughly, ensuring that all the dirt particles are removed. There are areas of the grill your rag may not be able to access due to its bulkiness, use a toothbrush to remove the dirt from these areas.

- Once you are done with the grills and satisfied, you can now start on the filter. If there is odor coming from your AC unit, the filter should be your number one suspect. If the air being circulated is not clean, then obviously the filter is clogged. First separate the filter from the grill for effective cleaning. Do not use the rag this time, instead dip a toothbrush into your cleaning solution and use it. Using the toothbrush brush off dirt from the frames of the filter. Remember the filter can sometimes harbor bacteria that you may be unable to see with your naked eyes and as such might be impossible to brush off. Soaking the filter in the cleaning solution for close to half an hour will help rid it of any bacteria or germs. After soaking rinse it with clean water and slide it back to its position.

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Note that an old filter should be replaced with a new one after at least two months or at most three months.

- Move on to cleaning the condenser. Take a straightened clothes hanger and insert into the condenser’s pan drain. Use it to pull out any dirt particles that might be blocking the drainage hole. After cleaning the pan drain, rinse it with water. Later on start cleaning the coils.

- Take a soft rag and dip it into the cleaning solution and use it to remove dirt from the coils. You can also use a toothbrush to brush off any dirt stuck in the coils. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any remaining dirt. Remember, it is the condenser that is responsible for processing the cold air, so its cleanliness is very important.

Note that for even fresher air, you can use a coil cleaner to spray the coils if you have one in the house.

3. Open the built in vent of the air conditioner

- Most AC units come with a built in vent at the back. This vent serves as an escape avenue for unpleasant smells. Simply open this vent once you realize there is foul smell emanating from your air conditioner.

How to reduce air conditioner odor from your car

- For your car, you can use car fresheners, call a professional, clean the AC, fix the engine or better still open the vent. Note that if there is a problem with your car engine then the AC will still circulate dirty air, so fix the engine first.


Air conditioning units provide great comfort for consumers. However they must know how to maintain it so that it keeps on releasing that fresh cold air. It is best that you learn how to do it yourself as this will save you money. The key thing is to offer your AC unit regular service, whether done by you or a professional.

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