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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 15:55

Preventing Air Conditioner Mold Problems

Exposure to mold in the home can cause health symptoms, including coughing, itchy eyes, and hives. In people with underlying health conditions such as respiratory impairments like allergies asthma, mold can lead to difficulty breathing.

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Because air conditioners create moisture through condensation, standing water can potentially lead to mold growth. If mold is present on the air conditioner, the air handler can circulate this mold spores throughout the home.

If you notice a musty odor when the air conditioner is running, or see mold on the outside of the unit, have a professional inspect and clean the unit. The drain condensate lines should be cleared to ensure that moisture is draining away and collecting in the pan to allow mold to grow.

Take Steps To Preventing Mold Growth In Your HVAC System
  1. Replace air filters monthly, or at a minimum every three months. 
  2. Seal air ducts to reduce condensation.
  3. Keep air conditioner drip pans clean.
  4. If excess humidity is a problem in your home, consider installing a dehumidifier.
  5. Check your air ducts for excess dirt and have them professionally cleaned if needed.
Have concerns about mold in your air conditioner or air ducts? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we can help diagnose the cause and recommend solutions to remove existing mold and prevent future mold growth.
Thursday, 19 May 2016 18:46

Check Your Air Conditioner For Mold

In the hot, humid Southwest Florida climate mold growth in the home is always a concern. When an air conditioner is running, the condenser, located inside the home, creates condensation that accumulates into a pan before emptying down the condensation drain tube. If this tube becomes clogged, water can accumulate in the pan, allowing unhealthy mold and mildew to grow. By checking the drain pain occasionally and taking some basic maintenance steps you can prevent mold from growing.

Important: Before doing any work near the air conditioner always turn off the power first.

  1. First, if you notice water accumulating in the evaporator pan, check to see if the drain line is obstructed with debris.
  2. Clean out the evaporator pan with hot soapy water, a small amount of bleach, and a sponge.
  3. Pour bleach through the pan's condensate tube to kill mold and algae, which can clog the tube and cause the pan to overflow. Check the tube's outside end to make sure it's draining freely.
  4. To prevent future mold and algae growth, place a chlorine tablet, the kind used for swimming pools, in the evaporator pan.

Have questions about maintaining your air conditioner? Give ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning a call, we're here to help.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 17:48

Is Your Air Conditioner Harboring Mold?

Mold is commonly found in varying amounts in air conditioning systems. Letting the mold grow unattended can decrease air quality and lead to health issues for those living in the home. It's important to understand where mold typically grows and and learn how to remove it from HVAC systems when necessary.

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Air conditioning systems are particularly prone to mold as a result of normal operation. Drain pans, which hold standing water for long periods of time, are primary mold sources. Pipes that contain bends and curves may hold water from unit operation, leading to mold growth. Often when there is mold growing inside the unit, you may be able to see it growing on the inside of the air ducts.

While it can be easy to spot mold around your air conditioner, it's not as simple as cleaning the surfaces where mold is visible, you must find the source of the problem to prevent mold from growing in the future.

The cause of mold is excess moisture. The interior parts of your HVAC system are ideal places for mold to grow. This is usually a symptom of water leaks and flaws in the unit. A professional HVAC technician can locate the cause of excess the moisture and recommend solutions.

To avoid dealing with mold issues in the future, examine your condensate drain regularly for clogs. If this drain gets backed up, the standing water can develop bacteria, which may turn into mold. Once you’ve removed the mold from the system, you’ll need to make sure it doesn’t return by regularly maintaining the unit to keep the ducts clean.

Having your HVAC ducts cleaned regularly can help to remove visible mold growing in the air ducts. If you can see mold in these places, there may be mold accumulating in other parts of your home. If the mold problem is severe enough, you’ll need to contact a mold specialist. Make sure that the professional who cleans your system uses a cleaning treatment that does not contain harmful chemicals that may adversely affect your indoor air quality.

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