Have you noticed a peculiar odor coming from your HVAC system? Perhaps you’ve recently turned on the air conditioner after it’s remained dormant for a while, or maybe your system is due for a cleaning or preventative maintenance. Whatever the case may be, the unfortunate fact of the matter is that mold can happen anywhere, even in your HVAC system. As with any other HVAC problem, the best way to prevent mold is to keep up with scheduled maintenance and cleaning for your system. There are many components of an HVAC system, and many of them can hide mold. Therefore, it’s especially important to have your system inspected by a certified HVAC technician regularly.
Perhaps the easiest place(s) to inspect are the intake vent(s). A residential system will likely only have one. An HVAC system in a commercial space or other large building, however, is likely to require more than one. Make a note of where intake vents are located throughout your home or building and ensure they are inspected regularly. If the intake vent gets dirty unusually fast, that could be a sign of a problem elsewhere in the system.
Pans and Coils
The heating and cooling coils inside your HVAC unit have a pain underneath of them that carries condensation that falls down to a tube that drains outside the unit. In order to drain properly, that pan should be sloped. Unfortunately, that pan may at some point flatten out so that the water no longer drains. When this occurs, there is standing water which can cause mold to form.
Ductwork and Other Infrastructure
If it’s not cleaned on a regular basis, ductwork can become extremely filthy, clogging filters and causing moisture and particulates to become stuck. The blend of bacteria and moisture creates the ideal environment for mold growth, and with the air moving through the ductwork, the spores can spread quickly throughout the system.
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