Odor from HVAC vents on Chrysler Town & Country

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Some vehicles may develop a musty odor coming from the HVAC system, Dodge has issued a cleaner/disinfectant and a coating for the evaporator designed to inhibit bacterial growth.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 81,930 (4,886–200,000)
20 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
82 people reported this problem
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Terrible musty odor coming from the Defrost vents. Thought it was wet blanket in the back from the beach, or floor mats. Cleaned and shampood them, no change. When I turn the air on it blasts the smell in your face.
Where do I get the cleaner/disinfectant, and where do I spray it to get it into the system.
Musty odor inside vehicle
A weird smell every time I turn on the vents
terrible musty smell when the air conditioner or defrosted is on after when it is damp out
We've got a musty/mildewy smell when the air con is on. Was going to replace the cabin filter but wasn't sure if that would fix it or not.
Musty Odor in AC System
When starting car a horrible smell comes from the vents. It doesn't go away but it's less intense after a few minutes.
a musty odor coming from the HVAC system,
Smell coming from the air vents when just "vent" is turned on.
Crank up car, turn on AC, blowers start blowing, yucky smell start coming out of the AC vents...
Bad oder coming from hvac system.
Musty smell coming from ac unit
No smell in recirculate mode. Smell is more of a dried leaf and dirt smell, believe only way to get rid of it is to physically clean evaporator/heater core compartment.
Bad smell from ac upon start up
not fixes yet, but spay in cleaners at the intake vents do not work
Smell coming from AC vent blowing. Smells very musty
Moldy/Mildew smell coming from HVAC system immediately upon start-up. Seems to happen in warmer temps (A/C?) although it has happened at times in the winter. Doesn't seem to smell in very frigid temps. Dealer can't "replicate" the problem so I'm going back and forth with them to do something without me having to take it in again when the problem is detected.
Order coming from vents whenever we turn on the defrost/air. Just stinks!