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Why Does My Air Conditioner Have Mold?

What Causes Mold in My AC Unit, and How Do I Prevent It?

As most people have experienced at one point or another, mold is a common—and nearly inevitable—problem in HVAC systems. If the existence of mold persists in your home, it can cause allergic reactions and even serious illnesses such as pneumonia. However, this issue is not impossible to fix (and prevent). With prevention tips and proper maintenance from our NATE-certified technicians at Arctic Air Conditioning, your AC unit can be clean and mold-free to ensure the cleanest air possible in your home.

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The Cause of Mold in Air Conditioners

The main cause of mold in AC units is moisture, and in particularly humid climates, preventing mold can be a bit of a challenge. Disinfecting, dusting, and ventilating are crucial tasks for keeping mold out of your home, but the maintenance doesn’t stop there. Your AC unit can be one of your greatest enemies or friends in mold prevention, and this list of prevention tips will help you in your quest to eliminate mold. Not only does mold prevention lower the costs of air conditioning repair and replacement over time, but it also guarantees a healthier home for you and your family.

HVAC Mold Prevention Tips

  • Inspect – Though complete prevention of mold is unlikely given its natural presence in the environment, you can do routine checks to make sure moisture isn’t building up in your AC unit. Remember, mold only grows where moisture lives. Don’t wait until you detect mold to check out your AC unit; once you find moisture build-up, it’s time to do some cleaning. Taking the proactive—rather than the reactive—approach will save you a lot of time and trouble later.
  • Drain – To make sure your AC unit is draining effectively, clean your condensate drain line as soon as possible after you notice dripping. This is an indicator of clogging, which signifies that mold has started to grow. The musty smell associated with mold is another hint that your drainage system needs attention. Although cleaning the drain lines yourself may be a daunting task, Arctic Air Conditioning includes this service in our comprehensive maintenance package.
  • Maintain – Speaking of air conditioning maintenance, getting your AC unit checked regularly is essential for preventing mold and other issues. As mentioned above, since mold is such a common occurrence when it comes to HVAC, doing inspections every once in a while may not be enough to keep your AC unit running smoothly and cleanly. We recommend having your AC system inspected by a specialist at least once a year (or more often if you suspect any mold-related issues). Learning the warning signs and helpful hints of air conditioning maintenance will help you in identifying any potential services that may be necessary.

Arctic Air Conditioning Is Here to Help

Though you can try to clean out your AC unit on your own, we recommend letting our experts do the work for you. We offer an extensive range of HVAC and indoor air quality services to cover all of your home comfort needs at a price you can afford.

Call us at (732) 455-9110 or contact us online to get your free estimate today!

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