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What Is Dirty Sock Syndrome? | Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC

Your air conditioner helps you relax in a comfortable atmosphere year round, but nothing ruins the mood quite like a moldy smell coming from your AC. If you’re experiencing this, chances are your air conditioner is suffering from dirty sock syndrome. Learn more about dirty sock syndrome and what you can do about it, here.

Dirty Sock Syndrome

Dirty sock syndrome is when your air conditioner smells like—you guessed it—dirty socks… gross, right? Dirty sock syndrome occurs when bacteria and mold form in the indoor coils within your air conditioning system. The indoor air coils are an essential part of the cooling process, but unfortunately, this area can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

Bacteria and mold can live on the indoor air coils and go unnoticed until there is a change in weather. But once the temperature drops and your air conditioner goes into defrost mode, the now damp and cold coils can start emitting a terrible moldy smell.

How Can I Get Rid of Dirty Sock Syndrome?

Dirty sock syndrome is inconvenient for sure, but fortunately, taking care of the issue is relatively simple. While some air conditioning systems will need to be professionally cleaned, many systems can be cleaned with a few products and a little elbow grease.

Clean the AC: Cleaning your air conditioner should be your first solution when experiencing dirty sock syndrome. If you have a professional clean your system, he or she will used a non-acid cleansing product to clean and disinfect the dirty coils. This will eliminate odor-causing bacteria. Even better, a professional cleaning will also improve the efficiency of your system.

Install a UV Light: Ultraviolet lighting can halt dirty sock syndrome by killing the bacteria that causes unpleasant odors. Another advantage of UV lighting is that it can improve the air quality inside of your home.

Stop Dirty Sock Syndrome Today

What good is your air conditioner if it leaves your home smelling funky? At Phoenix Air Conditioning, we believe your home should be a comfortable and relaxing oasis. That’s why we provide comprehensive Palm Beach County air conditioning services, including solutions for dirty sock syndrome. If dirty sock syndrome is affecting your home, give us a call today and we’ll be there right away to clean your system.