You should contact a professional as soon as you notice issues with your HVAC system. For instance, if your vents are producing weird or foul odors, you shouldn’t delay having them checked out. This problem can occur for various reasons, but no matter what caused it to occur, you must deal with it promptly to maintain the efficiency of your equipment. 

 Odd Smells Are Coming From Your Vents

Here are some of the most common reasons strange smells come from vents and what you can do about them.

Decaying animals. As it gets colder outside, the warmth of your home can attract small creatures. If they find their way into your ductwork, they might get stuck and not be able to get out. If this is the case, what you could be smelling is their remains, which you should have removed immediately. 

Dirty socks. Mold and mildew in your heating or cooling equipment and ductwork can cause your vents to emit an odor that resembles the smell of dirty socks. Dealing with this issue as soon as possible is vital to maintaining good indoor air quality. You’ll need to speak with a professional if there are significant amounts of mold and mildew in your home that need to be removed. 

Rotten eggs. Natural gas is odorless, but an additive that smells like rotten eggs is put into it so people will know when a leak has occurred. Open your windows quickly if you smell this odor in your home, then get everyone outside immediately and contact your gas company. They’ll locate the source of the leak and perform the necessary repairs.  

Burning. If it smells like something is burning, the first thing you should do is check around the house for signs of a fire. If there aren’t any, check near your heater to see if the odor is coming from there. If it is, it could be caused by a fan issue. Get in touch with your HVAC technician immediately for an inspection.

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