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Tips for Removing Air Conditioner Mold

Posted on January 22nd, 2016 by Jupiter Tequesta

The rest of the East Coast may be tracking Winter Storm Jonas, but we’ve got other things in our minds here in sunny West Palm Beach. With cooler-than-average temperatures forecast for the next few days, it’s the perfect opportunity to check your air conditioner for mold.

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Mold can live both outdoors and indoors, and oftentimes it enters the home through heating and air conditioning equipment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold and dampness can adversely affect health in many ways, such as throat irritation, wheezing and coughing, and skin irritation.

Has mold formed on your air conditioner? Look for growth in the following areas:

  • Coils
  • Ducts
  • Vents
  • Nearby walls and insulation

If you do notice mold in and around your air conditioner, here’s what to do:

  1. Put on a long-sleeved shirt, pants and a dust mask to prevent exposure to mold spores.
  2. Have all family members with mold allergies and/or respiratory issues leave the house before you begin cleaning.
  3. Remove your air conditioner’s vent cover, and clean it with laundry detergent in a basin or tub
  4. Vacuum up all dust from the inside of your air conditioner
  5. Spray down your equipment’s blades and duct opening, and scrub with soapy water
  6. Wipe down the blades with a bleach and water solution
  7. Throw away any mold-infested materials
  8. Allow all components to dry thoroughly before reattaching the vent cover

Is your air conditioning system beyond repair? Then call the experts of Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric and ask about our top-of-the-line cooling products:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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