My 5 year old 24000 Btu GE window air conditioner has started emitting a
stale odor when running and but only when the compressor cycles off. The
clean and I've never noticed the smell before. There is no discernable smell
when the condenser is running. The unit runs well and does a good job of
cooling as it has in the past. I remove it from the window when the hot
season is over and I didn't notice anything unusual when installing it this
year. Any ideas as to how to eliminate the stale odor it's giving off ?
Wrong group......however, the vast majority of them are true and dedicated
If you had had a legitimate technical question, and had asked it in a
professional manner, likely it would have been answered in great depth....
You were steered this direction, and rightly so--several of them also answer
questions to homeowners here....but only when and if they feel like it.
Your problem is very common, you probly just need to disinfect the unit, as
several others have already said...any number of ways to do this--just make
sure and rinse the coil and condensate pan well afterwards so you dont leave
any harsh chemical residue that might corrode the coils.
Heh......but *you already knew this, if I am to have any clues.
All in good fun, and generally I *am sincere.
Just dont ask me how you can tell the difference between the various grades
of aluminum on sight, and then tell me you are building a one-man helicopter
in your home shop...
Or about building a barbeque, if you havent yet figured out how many BTUH
you desire and the fuel type you will be using.
Sounds like a drainage problem. Water not draining out of the pan of the
unit. It's not noticeable when the air is chilled, but very much so when
the fan is just blowing warm air across the top of this stagnant water.
Chances are your unit is not draining properly, and the smell is from stale
water accumulating in the bottom of the unit. You'll need to open it up to
check that out. The unit should have it's own drain plug, and overflow as
well which is most likely blocked. Drain it, and then a good cleaning will
most likely take care of the problem.
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