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Is Your HVAC System Harboring Mold?

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Mold is commonly found in varying amounts in building HVAC systems. When mold grows unattended it can decrease air quality and lead to health issues in the building. Therefore it's important to learn about typical sources of air conditioner mold and learn how to remove mold before it reaches harmful levels.

Air conditioning systems are especially prone to mold in area such as the drain pan, which holds standing water for long periods of time. Pipes with bends and curves may also hold water in suspension, leading to mold growth. Sometimes when  mold growing inside the unit you can also see it growing on the inside of the air ducts.

While mold may be visible around the air conditioner and ventilation system, removing the mold is not as simple as cleaning the surfaces where mold is visible, you need to find the source of the problem to prevent mold from recurring.

Sometimes the source of excessive moisture that causes mold is from water leaks and defects in the unit. Maxwell Plumb's HVAC technicians can locate the cause of the excess moisture and recommend solutions.

Preventing Mold In Your Air Conditioner

To avoid dealing with mold issues in the future, examine your condenser drain regularly for clogs. If this drain gets backed up, the standing water can develop bacteria, which in turn can lead to 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 air 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 the building. 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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