Is There Mold In My Air Conditioner?

What Is Mold?

Mold is a fungus. While some fungi, like mushrooms and yeast, are essentially harmless and frequently ingested, other fungi, specifically mold, can be very dangerous to those who are exposed to it. There are hundreds of mold types, some of which are more common than others. Regardless of what mold may be growing in your house/AC unit, it is highly likely you, your family, and even your pets will experience physical symptoms. Symptoms of a mold problem include the following: coughing, sneezing, hives, rashes, allergies, asthma attacks, sinus infections, pneumonia, headaches, blood in the lungs, and more. To avoid severe or ongoing physical symptoms, it is important to identify and treat your AC mold early.

Do I Have Mold In My AC?

A quick look at your AC ducts can confirm if mold is present. If you previously had a mold problem in other areas of your home, have a strange odor, or are suffering from some of the physical symptoms mentioned above, it is strongly advised you check your AC units. A mild mold problem that begins in your AC ducts can spread rapidly throughout your house, as the particles get dispersed when you run your unit. Sometimes, mold may not be visible to the naked eye. Experts recommend having a professional mold test conducted in various parts of your house, including your AC, if you are at all suspicious of a mold infestation.

How Do I Get Rid of Mold?

Even if you know how to treat a mold problem, it is better to have a professional team treat it. Why? They are experienced and knowledgeable in properly and, more importantly, safely treating these issues. They will bring top-of-the-line equipment and are trained to make sure they have removed the mold from every ridge, crack and crevice of your AC ducts.

For The Future

The best way to prevent future mold problems is regular maintenance. Regular maintenance will check two important factors pertaining to mold — dirt/debris build-up and standing water. Standing water provides a perfect, moist environment for bacteria to thrive, while dirt and debris collected over time supplies the mold with the “food” it needs to continue to grow and spread. At Stellar Services, we conduct thorough AC inspections so that you and your loved ones remain safe and breathe in only the best air. Don’t put your mold problem on the back burner. Give us a call today or contact us online so we can schedule your AC maintenance appointment.