Icky smells in the air conditioning

Lately I’ve been noticing that my apartment has this weird, ammonia-like smell that can certainly sour my mood. I had friends over to watch the game last weekend, and within several minutes of arriving at my place all of them asked me the same question: “Dude, why does your apartment smell like a litter box?” Apparently I was pretty nose-blind to how intense the smell was! Embarrassment aside, I realized I needed to something about the A/C and soon! I reached out to my local HVAC repair serviceman, and asked for their advice. It was a lucky guess for me  to reach them first, since I suspected my home’s A/C might have something to do with the smell, then they told me that I should have a serviceman come by and check out the system, as there might be something in the ducts that shouldn’t be there. That was their polite way of telling me that there could be something dead in there! When the serviceman came, I was upset to find out what pet could have found their way into my HVAC duct. The HVAC serviceman found an access point where he could check into the HVAC duct, and he found nothing. I was confused, and didn’t understand what the problem could be! Then, my serviceman showed me the air filter that I had neglected to replace in the past weeks. As soon as he pulled the air filter out of place, I could smell that strong ammonia smell again! The serviceman explained that we naturally shed skin, and  the A/C can pick up all that skin as it gets stuck in the air filter. As it builds up, the smell of decomposed tissue gets stronger – and that’s where the smell came from! That’s the last time I’ll ever have my air filter go more than a month without rotation!

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