Lately, my 2006 Sentra (~103,300 miles on the odometer) is smelling musty. I had a light whiff so far but last week, I tried recharging AC system with refrigerant. It leaked within a day, but I ran the system for about half an hour after charging the unit. Since then the smell has worsened. The evaporator drain is not blocked.
I checked the old threads and @Beadsandbeads has contributed a lot to such issues. I just don’t know if he/she is still active on the board. I will follow all the directions suggested by @Beadsandbeads
To address the situation, I first need to clean up the system. @Beadsandbeads suggested the use of AirSept products but I can’t find these products for sale for a layman. If possible, I do not wish to spend money on fixing AC system i.e. fixing leaks in the AC system, adding refrigerant etc etc because I am sure, its a money pit. Things are going to break due to aging and I will have to keep spending more and more to maintain the system. Plus, God forbid if its in the evaporator core. Removing Evap core of my car is a very time-consuming process (have to remove the whole dash) and at $98/hr, I will be paying at least $600 just to remove and put it back. What I am not sure if these leakages are the cause of this musty smell and if not patched, this will be a recurring event. I don’t mind adding cleaner every 3 or so months. That will cost a lot less than making and maintaining that money pit.
- I would like to confirm/deny my suspicion that these leaks are going to make this musty smell a recurring event.
- If I should do a DIY clean, which product is among the better ones. Many YouTube videos suggest the use of Lysol but there are other products on the market like,
If anybody has a personal experience with these products, would like to hear. And where should I spray this, just air intake vents or on the condenser as well?
Any other ideas?
Thanks in advance.