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What Causes Mold in AC Units?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Mold can grow almost anywhere. You can find it in your walls, in your basement and on your pipes. But did you also know that mold can even make its way into your air conditioner, circulating its dangerous spores throughout your home? Well, it can.

This article from eHow.com explains the causes, signs, and solutions you need to be aware of if you think you may have a mold outbreak in your air conditioning unit.

If your AC unit’s condenser pan does not properly drain, you could be at risk for a mold outbreak. The increased moisture levels and humidity inside the unit promote mold growth. So it is important to properly maintain your AC unit, cleaning it from time to time and checking it for issues.

If you think you may already have a mold problem, there are a few signs you can look for. The number one indicator of a mold outbreak is the musty smell. If this is the case, examine your unit for mold. Look around the condenser coil, inside of the unit, for green, wet mold.

Not only will the mold smell be circulated throughout your home, but the mold spores will also be blown about from room to room, increasing the chances you and your family may experience adverse health issues. These problems include nausea, headaches and respiratory issues.

Additionally, mold spores that are traveling through your air ducts may take hold there, growing a new patch of harmful mold.

If you do find mold on your AC unit, you can try cleaning the infestation yourself with a mixture of one-half cup bleach and one gallon of water. Or if you would rather leave this up to the professionals, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-6653 or click here today!

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