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 Post subject: Re: Strange smell from AC system
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 1:39 pm 
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jaapv wrote:
Why don't you use your aircon over winter? It is the best way to demist the car.


Definitely - I don't think mine has ever been switched off since the car was built about three and a half years ago.


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 Post subject: Re: Strange smell from AC system
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 2:32 am 
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jaapv wrote:
Air conditioners need yearly maintenance...


And regular running...during the year...not only to stop the compressor pump seals drying out and the loss of refrigerant (bad for the environment too!) but also to reduce the likelihood of mould growing within.

Our PHEV, as with all other 'aircon' cars we have owned, has the aircon on 100% of the time. Cooling in summer, demisting in winter, especially on rainy days. :) The car has aircon and we use it.

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 Post subject: Re: Strange smell from AC system
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 3:52 am 
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Location: Inverness, Scotland, UK. 2014 GX4h with clear rear light lenses.
Well I do use it over the winter (for the reasons mentioned) but not all the time. I suppose I think about the extra electricity/fuel needed to run it. Also my other half complains that she feels a bit odd when in an air conditioned environment for any length of time (she suffers from various intolerances to food and environment). I've noticed this too after about 5 hours in an air-conditioned environment.

It only ever seems to smell when it's on its coldest position though, never in the winter when it's on hot. Not sure why this should be the case. Perhaps a self fullfilling prophecy (I do like self fullfilling prophecies!) - the mould forms within the system as a result of the warmer outside temperature, which is why I turn it to the coldest setting. It does get hot in Inverness sometimes.

I've often noticed in the past that light aircraft and helicopters often smell a bit sicky - never sure if it's because somebody has actually been sick or whether it's the air con. Although the fact that they smell a bit sicky can't be helpful to those who are inclined towards feeling sick when flying. So maybe another self fullfilling prophecy.


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