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How to Prevent and Remove Mold Forming in your Air Conditioner

By Singapore Home Guy On June 1, 2010 Under Home Improvement Tips

Molds are by-products of the air conditioner because of the moisture and oxygen rich environment. Molds are fungi that produce microscopic spores that can easily spread through the air, with the air conditioner’s help.

Mold can easily propagate in most of unclean air conditioners. Most of AC is having damp surface due to condensing of water out of the air. As a result, damp surfaces attract dust and dirt. The formed dust in the cooling fins is where mold is breeding. However, you can avoid the mold forming in your air conditioner. The installation of unit must be in proper manner. You should also have to make an effort to regularly maintain the cleanliness of your AC. On the other hand, if your AC is not well-fitted and irregularly maintained, it will have molds in it due to moisture that is not being removed by cool air. If the problems of mold are due to improper installation, it requires general maintenance. You have to pay attention on the forming mold in your AC as it may lead in to general problems.

If you are not paying attention in the mold growth in your AC, it may lead into serious problems, specifically health problems. Mold from AC can be inhaled or touched by any individual that is inside of a certain room. This can trigger asthma or respiratory problems so as allergic reactions. It can irritate individual’s eyes, nose and skin. Infants, elderly, pregnant and small children are prone to allergies and respiratory problems if they are exposed to mold.

Prevention is better than cure –so to speak. You won’t have any problem in mold forming in your AC if you will do certain preventions. First, because mold loves damp areas, make sure that your condensation pan is not collecting too much water into it. Check the drainage of your pan if it’s blocked or unclean. Blockage and dirt in the drainage may cause overflowing of water to the pan.

Second, clean your AC filters regularly. Make sure that they are dry well to prevent to mold forming. Next is checking the inner and outer part of the unit. This can be done at least once a year. In this process, you may ask for professional assistance as you have to check the HVAC system of the unit. Last but not the least, have UV (ultraviolet) in condensation pan.

The main key to prevent mold growth is controlling the moisture around the AC unit. If the unit appears to collect water or moisture around it, wipe and remove the water right away. If the drainage hose is appear to be clogged, remove the blockage to keep the steady flow of water in the condensation pan.

Now, if you think the mold is starting to form in your AC unit, get detergent and bleach and wash them thoroughly. Make sure you dry the surface very well to keep the mold from coming back.

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