Frymire Home Services Blog: Archive for June, 2021

How Much Water Should Drain from My Air Conditioner?

June 21st, 2021

When the summer season is in full swing and humidity is high, it’s normal for your air conditioner to drain anywhere between 5 and 20 gallons of water each day. However, while it’s completely normal for an AC unit to drain this amount of water outside your home, it’s a major problem when any amount of water drains inside your home. At Frymire Home Services, our team has years of industry experience and has helped many Dallas homeowners identify problematic drainage issues with their air conditioners. Learn from our top HVAC professionals how your air conditioner should handle drainage and when it’s time to contact our team for service!

If Your AC Drains Water Outside…

If your air conditioner is draining water outside, then it’s operating exactly as it should. Your AC unit should both cool and dehumidify your home through the following processes:

  • Step one: The air conditioner pulls warm/humid air into your indoor unit and blows it over evaporator coils.
  • Step two: The hot air is absorbed by your AC’s refrigerant and transported from the indoor system to the air outside.
  • Step three: Once the humid air hits the evaporator coils, moisture from the air is collected in a drain pan, which is located directly beneath the evaporator coils.
  • Step four: Once the water is in the drain pan, it will drain from your home through the condensate line, dumping the excess water outside via the condensate drain.

If you notice that water is pooling in your yard near the condensate drain, don’t be alarmed; this is normal operating behavior for your air conditioner. However, if you start to notice water pooling inside your home, you may have a bigger issue on your hands.

If Your AC Drains Water Inside Your Home…

Water draining inside your home is a sign that your air conditioner needs repair or replacement. If water is draining inside your home, the problem could be:

  • A rusted or damaged drain pan
  • A clogged condensate drain line
  • A frozen evaporator coil
  • A refrigerant leak
  • A damaged condensate pump

Should you notice water leaking inside your home from your air conditioner, we suggest turning off the system immediately and contacting your Frymire Home Services HVAC technician. Even if only a small amount of water is present, leaving the problem untreated can run up hefty repair bills and result in irreparable water damage down the road.

Choose Frymire Home Services for Your AC Service Needs!

When your air conditioner leaks water into your Dallas home, Frymire Home Services has the team you need to correct the issue in no time. We’ve helped countless Texas families achieve “A Higher Degree of Comfort” in their homes by offering the superior cooling products and services they deserve. Allow our team to bring reliable, energy-efficient, high-performance air conditioning to your home by scheduling AC services with our team today!

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Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell?

June 06th, 2021

Beautiful woman with grimace beacuse of bad smell. Isolated on white.

Wondering what that awful smell could be that’s coming from your air conditioner? AC units are supposed to provide cool, refreshing air, not be the source of an unbearable stink in your home. There are many reasons why your air conditioner may be producing foul odors, some of which you can resolve on your own while others will require the keen eye of an expert HVAC technician. Discover why the air from your AC smells — and what you can do to fix it — by reading the blog below!

7 Reasons Your AC Unit Stinks

Air conditioning systems can start to stink up the place quickly when something has gone awry inside the unit. Strange AC smells you may experience in your home include:

  • Mold & mildew odors: When there is excess humidity and moisture in your HVAC unit, this can lead to mold and mildew growth, which produces a foul smell when air blows these harmful particles through your home.
  • Cigarette smoke odors: If someone has smoked in or around your home, your AC unit can trap the smoke particles inside the filter and evaporator coils, causing you to smell cigarettes the next time you turn on your system.
  • Burning odors: A burning smell coming from your system is a sure sign of alarm since it likely means there is an overheating motor, wiring issue, or other mechanical problem at play.
  • Sewage odors: If your sewer line backs up or your P-traps are dry, your air conditioner could start to smell like raw sewage. It’s imperative to have this issue resolved immediately, as sewer gases can be hazardous to your health.
  • Rotting odors: Sometimes, a critter might find its way into your AC unit, where it becomes stuck and eventually dies. This is a huge health hazard, and the carcass should be removed immediately by a pest management professional.
  • Sulfur odors: The classic “rotten egg” smell is a sure sign of leaking gas in your home. If you smell rotten eggs in your home, be sure to contact your HVAC professional immediately, as a gas leak can be extremely dangerous.
  • Stinky feet odors: Does your unit smell like dirty socks or smelly feet? You might have dirty evaporator coils, a clogged condensate drain pan, or stagnant water standing in your air conditioner.

While each of these foul odors is problematic, not all of them require professional assistance to resolve. Depending on what the root source of your air conditioning odor might be, you could solve the problem easily on your own without scheduling a professional HVAC service.

How to Fix a Smelly Air Conditioner

There are a few easy DIY repairs that homeowners can use to resolve their smelly air conditioner problem. The next time your system stinks up the place, try the following troubleshooting tips before calling in the professionals:

  • Change your air filter: Air filters should be changed at least once every three months (more if you’re a pet owner or allergy-sufferer). Simply changing your air filter can eliminate many pesky odors, including cigarette smoke.
  • Run water in your sinks: One way to prevent sewage smells from coming through your AC is to run the water in all of your sinks each month to fill the P-trap and create a seal against sewer odors.
  • Keep your system clean: While nothing can substitute for professional cleaning by an HVAC technician, keeping the areas you can reach in and around your AC clean and clear of debris can help you avoid playing host to any unwanted odors.

These three tips can help you prevent foul odors from stinking up your home. However, you should be wary of odors that could indicate a threat to your family’s safety and health.

When in doubt, call your trusted HVAC professional for persistent AC smells. Frymire Home Services is here to provide the long-lasting system solutions you need to remain comfortable and smell-free!

When to Contact Frymire Home Services

Whether your air conditioner requires professional cleaning, annual maintenance, replacement, or repair to eliminate foul odors, Frymire Home Services has you covered. Our team of top-quality HVAC technicians has more than 60 years of industry experience at our disposal to help resolve even the most troublesome smells that impact your air conditioning.

Contact our team to schedule AC services for your Dallas home today!

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