What Is Dirty Sock Syndrome?

We may not use our heaters much in Florida, but when the temperature drops during the winter months, the last thing we want to deal with is a disgusting smell coming from our ACs.

This all-too-common occurrence is known as dirty sock syndrome. This familiar problem can leave your home smelling more like a locker room rather than that nice candle you just bought. Fortunately, there are ways you can rid dirty sock syndrome and prevent it! Learn more below.

Dirty Sock Syndrome Causes

Our air conditioning systems tend to work in overdrive during the summer months to provide our homes with extra cooling power. While it’s not unusual for the coils to develop ice and condensation during this time, the moist area can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria. Most homeowners are generally unaware of this problem until the first cold front hits.

When the temperature drops in the winter and we switch our heaters on, the coils and heat pump begin to defrost. This could cause the coils to become damp and emit a foul scent, reminiscent of dirty socks. As the fan motor blows over the coils and air is dispersed throughout your home, the dirty sock smell will come with it.

How to Get Rid of Dirty Sock Syndrome

Dirty sock syndrome is a smelly situation, but fortunately, it can usually be fixed by having your air conditioning system professionally cleaned. In certain extreme cases, a professional cleaning might not rid your home of the smell. This typically occurs with older air conditioning systems or systems that haven’t been maintained throughout the years. It may be necessary to upgrade to a newer, more efficient air conditioning system.

In any case, it’s important to call an HVAC professional if your air conditioning system is suffering from dirty sock syndrome. Not only can dirty systems produce an unpleasant scent, but they could drastically decrease the quality of the air inside your home.

Keep Your HVAC System Clean and Your Home Smelling Fresh

At Weather Engineers, we want to keep your HVAC system clean year-round. That’s why we offer the WE Club & Tune program. When you become a member, one of our experienced HVAC professionals will thoroughly clean and inspect your entire system, using a detailed checklist to make sure they examine every part of your system. Not only will regular maintenance help prevent dirty sock syndrome, but it will improve your home’s indoor air quality, lower energy bills, lengthen the lifespan of your AC and much more. Still have questions? Give us a call today or schedule an appointment online!

One Response to “What Is Dirty Sock Syndrome?”

  1. Tessica

    Hey, that’s a clever way of thkining about it.


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