Juelze wrote:Hey guys,
Just wondering if anyone else notices a stale or maybe moldy smell when they first turn on the AC? Mine does and it seems improve as the AC is run. I just want to make sure nothing is wrong with mine. See, my parents have a 95 Ford Windstar that made horrible smells with the AC on. It turned out that they didn't design something correctly and it would cause condensation to build up and turn into mold. They just had to spray it with something and that prevented it.
So am I alone with the AC smell?
Haven't noticed it on my Versa, but it definitely happened on occasion with my previous car. Some cars take in fresh cabin air from below the windshield...there is a horizontal grate just in front of the windshield (under the wipers) and a plenum below. Since rain goes directly into the plenum, there are drain holes on the bottom but sometimes they clog. Stationary water will encourage mold and mildew, leading to the smells.
On my last car, I'd switch the air switch to Fresh (instead of recirc), turn the fan on high, open the windows, and do a good thorough spray-down of the intake area with Lysol. The inside of the car stank from the Lysol for a while, but the moldy smell did go away for the next year.