Are Strange Smells Coming From Your Car’s Air Conditioner?

Air Conditioning System in Ft. Meade, FL

Things are heating up here in Ft. Meade, Florida — and that means you’ll soon be running your car’s air conditioning system at full blast. But if your car’s climate control system isn’t smelling as fresh as you’d like, you’re not resigned to masking the stink with air fresheners or driving with the windows down. Here’s a look at some common causes of stale-smelling AC.


If your car’s AC smells more like an old gym bag or dirty locker room, you’ve probably got a grimy cabin air filter on your hands. Over time, these filters can pick up dust and bacteria, so do yourself a favor by swapping it out for a fresh one.


However, if it’s more a musty basement scent that you’re dealing with, it could point to a few potential issues. There could be mold on the inside of your car’s air vents, or it could indicate a malfunctioning drain tube leaking moisture into your cabin. To figure out which one you’re dealing with, check your car’s floor and footwells for moisture. If it’s damp, it’s probably a leaky drainage system. It’s also a good idea to clean the backs of your car’s air vents, while you’re tidying up.


Noxious chemical odors point to a refrigerant leak in your car’s climate control system. Sweet, syrupy smells, on the other hand, indicate that your vehicle has a damaged heater core, so have that checked out by the experts at Greenwood Chevrolet at your earliest convenience.


Need help pinpointing — or fixing — a problem with your car’s climate control system? Schedule an appointment with our factory-trained technicians at the Greenwood Chevrolet service center in Ft. Meade, Florida.