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What Is “Dirty Sock Syndrome”?

You’ve taken out the garbage, the dog just went to the groomer and the kids’ laundry is washed and put away. So what is that awful smell? With no obvious culprit in sight, it can be frustrating to walk into your home and smell something funky. So what’s really going on?

Here at Surgi’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we put our customers first and believe everyone has the right to be comfortable in their own space. That’s why we’re here to help our New Orleans residents better understand why their AC smells and what they can do about “dirty sock syndrome.” Read on to learn about the signs of this issue, some common causes and your options. And remember, when you need dependable AC repairs, maintenance or installations, you need Surgi’s!

Signs Your AC Has Dirty Sock Syndrome

Dirty sock syndrome is an unfortunate reality for many homeowners in the South. High humidity can cause moisture to collect in your air conditioner and create an ideal environment for smelly bacteria to thrive. If your AC gives off a stinky odor when it runs, you may be dealing with dirty sock syndrome.

When bacteria, mold or mildew are allowed to grow in a cooling system, they can give off a foul smell not unlike dirty gym clothes. When your AC has dirty sock syndrome, it’s hard to mistake it for anything else. Reach out to the professionals at Surgi’s to schedule an AC inspection if you suspect your system has dirty sock syndrome.

What Causes A Smelly Air Conditioner

One of the most common culprits for mold and bacterial growth in your cooling system is found on the evaporator coil. This element is responsible for cooling the air in your space. Since the temperature of the coil fluctuates, condensate forms on this part of your unit.

An efficient coil will release drops of condensate into a drip pan, but a dirty coil will hold onto that moisture. After a while, mold and bacteria will begin to thrive, causing the air released into your space to smell.

The other common source of dirty sock syndrome is found in your ductwork. Dirty air ducts, clogged filters and incorrect installation can all lead to smelly indoor air. Turn to our team at Surgi’s for AC repairs, tune-ups and indoor air quality services to help you get rid of dirty sock syndrome.

Trusted AC Repair in New Orleans

If your air conditioner is causing your home to smell like a busy locker room, it’s time to call in professional help. Our technicians are ready to perform a thorough inspection of your cooling system to pinpoint the source of the problem. We’re trained and certified to maintain and repair all makes and models of air conditioners.

If your evaporator coil is the problem, we can clean the coil or replace worn or damaged parts. We’re here for our customers and ready to work with you to answer any questions you may have during the service. If your air ducts are the issue, we also offer top-quality indoor air services for our New Orleans customers.

Turn To The Team At Surgi’s

At Surgi’s, our friendly technicians are licensed and trained with the expertise to install, repair and service your home’s cooling system. Every member of our team is committed to making sure the job is done right and you’re left 100% satisfied. In fact, we’re so confident in our work, we guarantee it.

When you schedule with us, you’ll see our specialty is top-tier service with a small-town touch. That means we’re proud to offer residents in the New Orleans, LA area the premier home services they deserve, all at a fair price and with a smile. When you’re ready to take advantage of some of the industry’s best indoor air and cooling system services, it’s time for Surgi’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. Reach out to us today!

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What Our Customers Are Saying

Highly Recommended!

Surgi’s was very pleasant to deal with. Always courteous customer service. Received my annual A/C maintenance today from Troy Robert. He gave me a courtesy call to let me know when he was coming. He arrived promptly, and was very friendly and informative. Highly recommended! Thank you!

Matthew J.

Very professional!

The technician, Rene, was very thorough and informative. He called before he was arriving to let me know when he would be there. It was in the window of time Surgis gave me. I will definitely use them for regular maintenance and future HVAC needs. Very professional!

Karin M.

Quick Response

Surgi’s quickly responded to my call. Was at my home the next morning. The tech was very knowledgeable and polite. He had all the parts that he needed and was able to resolve my problems in a few hours. My maintenance contract was reasonable and worth every penny. I receive excellent care. I highly recommend Surgi’s.

Sandy C.