AC stink... - Honda Ridgeline Owners Club Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-19-2012, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
ROC Rank: Senior
 
CrowMagnumMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: PA
Model: RTL
Model Year: 2006
Color: Steel Blue Metallic
Posts: 790
AC stink...

Did a search and found this...

Anyone Know how to Unclog AC Drain plug??

I am not sure what is wrong. First let me start by saying my AC works GREAT. Very cold air. Love it. The flow of air is terrific too. However, upon start up, I get a musty smell for several minutes before it clears up. I just changed my cabin air filter. Still does it.

Any ideas? Anything I can use/do? Or, should I live with it and don't let anyone touch what is working well (except a temporary stink)? Is it the drain hose/plug? Should I try Frigi-Fresh?

As always, thanks in advance!

06 Steel Blue RTL/Nav - OEM fog lights, OEM hood deflector, OEM rear mudflaps, OEM all-weather Ridgeline front mats, OEM trunk mat, OEM 4.73 Nav. disc, 5S Dude's license plate frame/door sills, E&G grill, chrome pinstripes, Raptor 4" oval SS side steps, SportWing side protectors w/ Ridgeline badges, chrome hubcap skins, Weather Tech rear floor mats, AVS window visors, FastLane heavy duty bed mat, chrome door handles, tailgate handle, taillight covers, mirror covers, and side vent strips.
CrowMagnumMan is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-19-2012, 01:31 PM
ROC Rank: 4k Comma Club
 
RustyH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Model: RTL
Model Year: 2006
Color: Nighthawk Black / Beige
Posts: 4,587
Re: AC stink...

Quote:
Originally Posted by CrowMagnumMan View Post
Did a search and found this...

Anyone Know how to Unclog AC Drain plug??

I am not sure what is wrong. First let me start by saying my AC works GREAT. Very cold air. Love it. The flow of air is terrific too. However, upon start up, I get a musty smell for several minutes before it clears up. I just changed my cabin air filter. Still does it.

Any ideas? Anything I can use/do? Or, should I live with it and don't let anyone touch what is working well (except a temporary stink)? Is it the drain hose/plug? Should I try Frigi-Fresh?

As always, thanks in advance!
It sounds like you may have a little bit of a mold issue. I think whay you need to do is pour some boiling hot water through the fresh air intake located under the hood, just above the firewall. Maybe add a little bleach and/or pinesol into the water before you pour. Or you can try spraying lysol directly into the fresh air intake vents.

06 RTL, 2011 ROTY billet cubby cover, door sills and license plate frame. Polished Billet Grills, Custom paint, 275/45R/20 Yokohama tires on Rozzi Octane wheels. caliper covers, custom airbag suspension. Kenwood DVD Player, Rockford Power T15004 Amplifier, Six Rockford Power 6.5" speakers and 2 10" downfiring subs. Custom 3 color Wet Okle seat covers. Airraid CAI, throttle body spacer, Magnaflow muffler, Truxedo Pro Tonneau Cover, Hidden Hitch, smoked head and taillights.
RustyH is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-19-2012, 01:56 PM
ROC Rank: Freshman
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Vancouver, BC Canada
Model: EX-L
Model Year: 2009
Color: White/Grey
Posts: 30
Re: AC stink...

Check to make sure the water is draining from evaporator box. If it isn't, the moisture will permit mold to grow. Once you have confirmed it is draining ok I would turn the A/C on and put the fan to high. Roll the windows down and liberally spray Lysol into the fresh air vents. This should help to reduce or eliminate the smell.
ridge_rider is offline  
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-19-2012, 02:34 PM
ROC Rank: 5k Comma Club
 
zroger73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Northeast Texas
Model: *Former Ridgeline Owner
Model Year: 2014
Posts: 5,445
Garage
Re: AC stink...

Remove the smell with a product such as this...

http://www.airsept.com/index.php?loadmod=cleanevap

Prevent the smell from coming back with an electronic evaporator dryer (aka "afterblow module") such as this... (Many GM models manufactured in the last decade either provide this feature from the factory or it can be enabled with the GM scan tool.)

http://www.airsept.com/index.php?loadmod=eed

Smelly air conditioning seems to vary greatly by vehicle, ambient conditions (i.e. temperature, humidity, pollution levels), and usage habits. Personally, I've never had a problem with smelly A/C on either of my Ridgelines.

Some tips to keep in mind:

1) Change your cabin air filter frequently. A clean filter can't remove or prevents odors originating in the evaporator or plenum (which is where they almost always are) - particularly since it is upstream from these components, but a dirty filter is more apt to bypass particles that can contribute to odors.

2) Minimize use of recirculation mode.

3) For the last few minutes of each trip, manually turn the A/C off and set the blower speed to high to help dry excess moisture from the evaporator so that it doesn't soak in its own condensation for hours (or days) at a time.

2016 Honda CR-V Touring


Former vehicles: '14 Ridgeline, '10 Ridgeline, '09 Civic, '09 Silverado, '99 B2500, '08 G35, '07 Ridgeline, '06 Accord, '96 Cougar, '73 F-100, '00 Cavalier, '93 Cougar, '84 Fiero, '99 Regal, '98 Neon, '96 Ranger, '95 Probe, '94 Escort, '92 Grand Am, '91 Tempo, '86 Escort, '69 Skylark
zroger73 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Honda Ridgeline Owners Club Forums > Honda Ridgeline Accessories, Care and Mods > Under The Hood / Performance

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Honda Ridgeline Owners Club Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stink! Jimmijo Under The Hood / Performance 3 12-31-2006 04:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome