Smell from A/C

Discussion in 'General Tacoma Discussion' started by QSTaco, Jul 5, 2017.

  1. QSTaco

    QSTaco Active Member

    Has anyone else experienced a bad smell when you shut off your A/C and run the fan.
    I talked to Toyota they are saying that is common in some models and they haven't got a fix for it.
    Any other vehicle that I've owned never had this problem.
    Stagnant water sitting in the system. It will go away after running the fan for 5mins or so, but I was wondering if there is someone that has a fix for this other than running the fan and getting blasted with a horrible odor.
     
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  3. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    I get it sometimes too. It's caused by mold.
     
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  4. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    If i have been running the ac, before i pull in the garage, i run just the fan (ac off) for the last couple blocks to avoid the smell getting worse.
    Change the filter as needed, and keep doing the fan trick
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2019
  5. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Mold where? Just wondering.
     
  6. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    Evaporator box. The condensation can build up in there and cause mold growth.
     
  7. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Isn't the moisture suppose to drain out. Maybe there is a clog?
     
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2017
  8. dwayne.surrat

    dwayne.surrat Well-Known Member

    Have you changed your cabin filter?
     
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  9. OP
    QSTaco

    QSTaco Active Member

    No not yet picked up the vehicle on May 25th of this year
     
  10. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Grapefruit seed extract in a water mixture will kill and prevent mold. It doesn't smell. 10 drops of GSE to 8oz of water. If you want smell add other essential oils to the mixture. Lavender, orange, peppermint etc.
     
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  11. OP
    QSTaco

    QSTaco Active Member

    I do get the moisture draining out but obviously not all. Could be clogged
     
  12. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    Could be a small clog but it also could be a design flaw. You can remove the hose from the evaporator box and blow it was air or use a pipe cleaner. Don't blow air into the box.
     
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  13. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

  14. OP
    QSTaco

    QSTaco Active Member

    I'll have show this to the tech when I take it in for my first service. As of lately I haven't noticed the odor but can't hurt to clean out the evaporator.
    Thanks for the info.
     
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  15. LForward1

    LForward1 Member

    Hey Folk's, had the same thing, with a small difference, it was my home A/C and it was so awful, I nearly left my house for the rest of my life. I found aircon service company for aircon system https://www.socool.sg/ so they found the issue, it was a dead rat near my A/C. By the way maybe they can fix your issue as well. Don't know if I helped you, but at least I have tried.
     
  16. Tape

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  17. Tape

    Tape Member

    you can't clean out the evap, it's sealed, maybe dealer can but "we" can't
     
  18. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Sorry it’s years old. Not all links will stay active on the internet forever. :(
     
  19. Tape

    Tape Member

    yeah I did notice that after I posted:)
     
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  20. Cape taco

    Cape taco Well-Known Member

    You can vacuum the hose from the a.c. filter . I think it dumps behind the passenger front tire behind the plastic wheelwell .saw a video on YouTube when I was chasing my water leak .I put an ozone machine in the cab and ran it for 6 hrs musty smell gone !
     
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2019
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