Mold in HVAC systems is an issue that can’t always be detected at first glance. However, if left unchecked, it can easily spread and wreak havoc throughout your home. This definitely isn’t something you want, as it can cause respiratory issues for you and your family. Thankfully, there are a few tell-tale signs that can help you detect mold growth in your heating and cooling system.
In this post, the heating repair pros at AAA Air Conditioning, Inc. share these signs and what you can do about mold growth in your HVAC system.
HVAC mold looks like any other mold you might encounter elsewhere in your home, such as the basement. If you notice a patchy black residue on your HVAC unit, it means that there’s mold growth in the system. To remove it permanently, you’ll need to hire an expert to clean your heating and cooling system.
In addition to offering visual signs, mold also has a distinctive musty odor that makes your home smell old. You’ll notice the smell grows stronger as you run your air conditioner continuously, especially if it’s gotten to the point where the mold has spread to the air ducts.
As stated before, mold can cause some serious respiratory problems for you and your family. If you notice that you or anyone else at home are repeatedly experiencing respiratory issues, it’s possible that there’s mold growth in your HVAC system. If you suspect this to be the case, call a heating repairman to inspect and clean the system as soon as possible.
What to Do About Mold in Your HVAC
If you’ve determined that your HVAC system has mold, you’ll need to clean the system to get rid of it. If you decide to do it yourself, first put on a mask to prevent the mold spores from entering your respiratory system, then turn the system off. Next, use a rag or wet vacuum to remove visible signs of moisture. Once that’s done, thoroughly clean the mold-infested area with products approved for mold and mildew removal. To prevent mold growth in the future, you can have mold-reducing filters or an ultraviolet light installed in the system.
If you’re dealing with severe mold growth, however, you should reach out to a mold remediation or HVAC cleaning specialist who can take care of the issue.
For your residential and commercial HVAC requirements, turn to AAA Air Conditioning, Inc. When it comes to air conditioning repair, you can’t go wrong when working with the leading provider of heating and cooling services in the area. Give us a call at (361) 208-0450 or fill out our contact form for a free estimate. Talk to us today!