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Smell from Air Conditioning

Dylsz Aug 15, 2020

  1. Dylsz

    Dylsz Registered User

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    My Air conditioner suddenly started to have a bad smell yesterday, I thought it was a smell from outside but the smell now happens whether I’m blowing cold or hot air, it also happens whether A/C is turned on or off. Essentially whenever I’m blowing air it smells bad, any one have any idea what this might be?
     
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  3. AlS3BE

    AlS3BE Registered User

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    Change the cabin filter otherwise an air con bomb.
     
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    ^ This
     
  6. AlS3BE

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    If you don’t like using chemicals you can use onions. Cut a few into quarters and leave around car and put aircon on recirculating and leave it running for a while then leave onions overnight then air out the onion smells. replace cabin filter.
    Onions have properties that remove odours. I’ve tried this in a heavily smoked car and it cleared most of it away after the first attempt.
    Great for removing paint smells in the house as well.
    thing is it’s natural and you aren’t using dodgy chemicals inside the car where you breath.
     
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  7. CanadaA3wales

    CanadaA3wales Canadian living in South Wales - Audi A3 8V 150BHP

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    You can do a full air con decon, dont bother with those bombs they are a waste of money
    Or put your AC on recycle and use a ozone machine, they can be had for as little as 70.00, they use them in house fires.
    I have one which I dont use, but took a moudly smell out of my car.

    I tried everything but that was the only thing that worked.
     
  8. DJAlix

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    Had the same, did this and job done.
     
  9. Flying Scotsman

    Flying Scotsman Registered User

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    The best way to avoid this is to change the cabin filter every two years and leave the air con at all times, and yes, your mpg will suffer.
     
  10. CanadaA3wales

    CanadaA3wales Canadian living in South Wales - Audi A3 8V 150BHP

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    Yeah years ago I always thought to use it only as needed, but now I have it on low most of the time as it just doesnt sit there gathering bacteria
     
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    And better still, the compressor seals won’t dry out and seize the shaft wrecking it when you do turn it on in the summer.
     
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  13. eribaMotters

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    I've had air-con since 2002. I leave it on permanently., re-gas every 3 years and never had any problem.
    Once new filter etc fitted just leave it on.

    Colin
     
  14. Dylsz

    Dylsz Registered User

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    New Cabin filter did the job, pretty sure my cabin filter had never been changed it was filthy, dead bugs and all sorts, 14 euro for a new filter fitted it myself, all sorted! Thanks everyone
     
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