York AC sour smell, proper UV light positioning near coils

by Warren W
(Brandon, FL)

Rust on coils & lower pan

Rust on coils & lower pan

March 2, 2011

I live in Florida and have an attic installed air-handler, which is a horizontal left facing air handler. The central ac unit is just under 2 years old, York YZH048 3.5-4.0 Ton 17 SEER Affinity air conditioner system, with an AVY048 variable speed air handler with RX coil.

Over the winter, I noticed a sour smell coming from the home air ducts when the heat was on, and again as the weather warmed up, when I turned it to cool for the first time in 2 weeks. We contacted the installation company and they sprayed the coils off with some sort of de-sting and taped up the access cover to limit any possible outside air sources.

The AC tech also recommended that I ALWAYS run my fan 24/7 to help eliminate the problem in the future. After removing the AC filter and inspecting the coils with a mirror, I found rust on the 2-yr coil frame and the UV light located away from the coil A-frame.

I have no other sour attic smell or sour smell near the returns. Is the coil the source of the smell? Should there be rust on the coil frame and should I always run my blower which draws approx the same wattage as a 100 w light bulb.

Is the Honeywell UV light (SIUV100A208) in the correct location to control coil growth? Any assistance would be appreciated.

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Evap replacement
by: WArren

The contractor that installed the unit, Brandon Air, replaced the evaporator coils and had the new coils specially dipped in a mildewcide solution. No smell as of 6 months. I have read or other reports where the manufacture will not assist, I believe that York did not pay for the replacement or the special dipping and the cost was through our warranty with Brandon Air. I wish I had a quick and easy solution for you. Good Luck.

by: Anonymous

Did you find a solution?
I'm having a somewhat similar issue.

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