Mold Inspection – Mold and Your A/C Unit

Mold and Your A/C Unit

Mold and Your A/C Unit

Mold and Your A/C Unit

Mold is a natural part of our world. It is everywhere we go. It plays a very important part in our world by breaking down dead organic matter such as leaves, decayed trees, grass cuttings and other things of nature. It does not belong indoors and should be avoided. It grows in your A/C Unit (see left) because it is a wet environment by the coils.

The coil is a vital part of your air conditioning system. If it is not kept clean, your system will not work efficiently. Poor quality filters can cause your system to fail over time, the extra stress placed on your system by blocked airflow can cause your system to fail and grow mold on the coils. As the A/C cools your home, it dehumidifies the air. The dehumidified water then drains off of the coils (right) into the drain pan and then runs out the drain line. There is always slime mold in your A/C Drain Pan. This is what causes a water backup in the unit.

AC Drain Line

A/C Drain Line

The drain line (right) should be checked on a regular basis. Look for the exterior location of the drain line to see if it is draining properly. Maintenance is important regarding your A/C or you can guarantee there will be a water backup or a leak if you do not. This is why Mold and Your A/C Unit have a common denominator. If it starts to back up, call a proficient A/C Contractor who understands the importance of Indoor Air Quality. Read More