Identifying the Signs of Mold in your Central Air Conditioner
Date: October 11, 2019
What is Causing Mold in Your Central Air Conditioner?
Finding mold on a piece of bread is gross, but finding out you could be breathing moldy air is even more unsettling. Mold grows in AC units because of the moisture around the system. Humid climates make mold prevention a particularly challenging task. If mold exists in your home for too long, it can cause allergic reactions and even serious illnesses such as pneumonia. Disinfecting and dusting your HVAC system can be vital to keeping mold out of your home, but cleaning cannot stop mold on its own.
Mold on AC Filters
We already know that changing your air filters regularly improves the air quality in your home. What do you do when mold begins growing on your filters? Most importantly, replace the moldy filters immediately so you won’t breathe the dirty air. As soon as the filters have been replaced, contact an HVAC technician right away to remove any more mold from your system. Leaving the mold alone can worsen allergy symptoms and cause asthma, fungal sinusitis, and pneumonitis.
Preventing AC Mold
Preventing mold from growing in your air conditioner and other spots will improve the air quality in your home. It will also lower your costs of repairing and possibly even replacing your AC unit. Follow the tips on this list, and the chances of mold growing on your AC unit will drop significantly.
Inspect – By completing routine checks of your AC system, you can drastically reduce the chances of mold growth. Mold only grows where there is moisture, so as soon as you detect a moisture build-up on your unit, clean it right away. Proactive measures will save you a lot of time and effort later on. Future you will be very thankful that present you took these proactive steps to prevent mold.
Drain – Keeping your condensate drain line clean will ensure your unit is draining effectively and removing excess moisture. If you notice dripping, it’s an indicator the drain line is clogged. A clogged condensate drain line accompanied by a musty smell are big hints that mold has started growing, and your drainage system needs some attention. Cleaning the drain lines yourself can be a difficult task. Contact Donley Service Center, and we’ll send an experienced, trustworthy professional to do the job.
Maintain – Regular maintenance on your AC unit is a vital way to prevent mold growth or any other AC problems. Have a specialist inspect your HVAC unit at least once a year to keep the system running smoothly, cleanly, and efficiently. Understanding and recognizing when your AC needs maintenance will help save you money when your unit begins to suffer.
Have an issue with your AC unit or need regular maintenance? Schedule a service with Donley Service Center today!