Stink, Stank, Stunk -- Your Car's AC, Not the Grinch

Stink, Stank, Stunk — Your Car’s AC, Not the Grinch

Can You Smell That Smell?


Gross! You turn on the air conditioner to cool your vehicle on a hot day, and something smells horrible. It might leave you repeating the words used about the Grinch’s attitude–“Stink! Stank! Stunk!” But this is your transportation, not a children’s story. It’s time to remedy the situation with car AC repair at Auto Stop Elite in Sterling, Virginia. No matter the malfunction, our ASE master certified technicians can get your AC working properly again and eliminate the stench plaguing your automobile.

What’s That Smell?

One tends to think of an air conditioner as blowing pleasant, refreshing air, so what could cause that air to become malodorous? Because the AC removes moisture from the air to make it feel dryer and more comfortable, water is present. If that liquid pools where it shouldn’t and remains stagnant, mold or mildew could begin to grow. Thus, if you smell a scent that reminds you of mold or mildew coming from the vents, you should assume that it is indeed that. Bring your vehicle in for repair immediately. Those are things you should not be breathing. Likewise, if you smell gas/fuel, getting a tow to bring your auto for an AC check is best. You could have a leak, spelling immediate danger. Sometimes drivers complain of a vinegar-like odor. This must be properly diagnosed as it can point to several possible problems. It could be the result of a particular mold strain or a mechanical problem such as an exhaust malfunction or leaking battery (acid). A burning smell may indicate several underlying culprits, including an oil leak, failing belts, or an electrical short that’s melting plastic. Although it’s not a foul odor, a sweet smell should also be investigated to see if your car has a coolant/antifreeze leak.

The Air Freshener Shop

uto Stop Elite doesn’t sell sprays or scented candles, but we’re your air freshener shop if your air conditioner stinks. Count on us for all your car AC repair needs. We not only fix the problem but also cover the repairs we make with a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty. Our team looks forward to helping you breathe easy during warm weather travels.

Written by Auto Stop Elite