Occasional smell coming from the A/C vents

Tiny
MIKEJAMES8800
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  • 1996 CHEVROLET SILVERADO
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 175,000 MILES
I bought the truck about 4 months ago and in the past week there is occasionally a smell coming from the A/C vents. It's similar to coolant, but I don't think it is. I've checked my coolant, and I'm not losing any. It smells like some kind of chemical though. It doesn't smell as bad if I have just the fan running. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 AT 1:48 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

Engine coolant does have a distinct 'sweet' smell to it.
It is possible to have a small leak in the heater core that is just enough seepage to make the noise and not enough to be noticeable immediately on the coolant level.
It will be a good idea to inspect the heater core for any leaks.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/replace-heater-core

You can also do a pressure test on the cooling system. On the pressure test the cooling system gets pressurized with a tool, and if there is a leak; the system will loose pressure and that will show up on the gauge.

Here is a helpful video showing how to do the pressure test:

https://youtu.be/W8kra65m15c

I have attached diagrams for the heater core below.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you.
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