HVAC 911 - Heat Pump Installation and Repair
03 Mar

How to prevent heat pump odors like Dirty Sock Syndrome

Does something around your home smell like dirty socks? There is a decent chance your heat pump is causing your home to smell.

Your heat pump may suffer from Dirty Sock Syndrome, which is caused by mold or mildew growing inside your system’s coils. The longer the problem goes unchecked, the worse the smell gets and the more damage is done to your heat pump. The mildew can also exacerbate asthma or other breathing issues.


How to avoid Dirty Sock Syndrome

The best way to avoid Dirty Sock Syndrome is to have your heat pump inspected and cleaned on a regular basis by licensed contractors from HVAC 911.

You should also clean or replace heat pump filters on a regular basis. 

Call HVAC 911 to be connected to a contractor who can inspect your entire heat pump system and conduct any needed repairs.


Other heat pump odors and what they mean

If you smell a burning electrical smell coming from your heat pump, you have a more serious problem. You may have damaged wiring or a failed motor. Call HVAC 911 immediately. You could face expensive repairs if you don’t act fast and the motor dies completely. Frayed wires are also a fire hazard. 

If your home smells like sulfur and it’s not a gas leak, chances are a small animal has died in your heat pump system. This may be unpleasant, but at least it isn’t dangerous. Call HVAC 911 to inspect your heat pump system. If something has died, we can clean the system and remove the carcass. 


Avoid heat pump odors through regular inspection and cleaning

The easiest way to avoid heat pump odors is to have your system inspected and cleaned on a regular basis — ideally every 6 months. 


Need a heat pump cleaning and inspection? Call HVAC 911!

If you need a heat pump cleaning and inspection, call HVAC 911. We are a network of licensed HVAC professionals who can inspect and clean your heat pump. 


All of our HVAC Techs are highly trained and fully vetted. They are drug tested, insured and bonded. Find a local HVAC 911 tech in your area today!