Town & Country

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: 82,589 (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
88 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.
A weird smell every time I turn on the vents
Musty odor inside vehicle
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.
terrible musty smell when the air conditioner or defrosted is on after when it is damp out
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.
Crank up car, turn on AC, blowers start blowing, yucky smell start coming out of the AC vents...
a musty odor coming from the HVAC system,
Musty smell coming from ac unit
Smell coming from the air vents when just "vent" is turned on.
Bad smell from ac upon start up
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.
Bad oder coming from hvac system.
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.
The musty odor is very strong with the air conditioner on. I had my van checked and they could not find the source. It was never corrected.
Musty odor in AC system in both warm and cold temperatures.
Stank ac air when recirculating engaged
Musty stinky air coming from vents