Air Conditioning - Ask Matthews Marine
Musky smell and little air.
Dear Mr. Matthew,
Why is my vessel smelling musky and has little to no air blowing. I don't run my A/C on a regular basis, could this be the issue? What should I do about it? Plese help me!!!!!!!!!
The reason your vessel is smelling musky is because you are not running your air conditioner on a regular basis. The air conditioner is not only to make the room a suitable temperature for creature comfort, but it also removes humidity from the vessel.
Mold and mildew have a better chance of survival in warm humid conditions and along with that comes foul odors. The reason for little air flow is probably due to your return air filters not being serviced.
A dirty air filter can restrict air movement from passing across the coils of the air handler. Also with a derated amount of air across the coil the air handler cannot cool the room sufficiently or remove humidity.
Service or change the air filters and leave the system running continuously for a week and see if there is a difference.
The Silent Scourge, what a great reference for this dank smell which often time permeates the interior fabrics of a vessel for good. Simple upkeep and routine maintenance can prevent this. Having an easily accessble air handler diagram/ map is helpful for finding the most remote air handler filter, often tucked under and behind furniture and walls, many times crew don't even know where they all are. Nice post- josh w/ freedomyachtmanagement.com