Although your air conditioner can give you a tremendous amount of relief on hot days, your air conditioner drip pan also gives mold an excellent environment to grow in since the drip pan frequently accumulates water. Proper air conditioning maintenance, however, can help you when you’re contending with mold.
Here are a few suggestions to help you keep mold at bay:
- Change your air conditioner filter regularly, particularly during the months that you use it. Clogged or full filters make it difficult for the filter to work properly.
- Clean your home regularly. Dust and other airborne contaminates that accumulate in your home can make their way into your air conditioner.
- Wash your A/C drip pan with a solution of bleach and water. Bleach will usually kill the majority of bacteria and fungus in the pan. Not only will this eliminate existing mold in your drip pan, but it can also help prevent mold growth in the future.
- Periodically inspect your air conditioner drip pan. In a properly functioning air conditioning unit, any water in the pan should drain or evaporate on its own. If there’s standing water in your drip pan, the drain may be clogged. Slowly pouring a weak solution of bleach down the drain could possibly clear the clog, but if not, your air conditioner may need to be serviced by a professional.
Contending with mold in your air conditioner drip pan is important for a number of reasons. Mold and other types of fungus can exacerbate allergies. Also, if mold is growing in your A/C drip pan, it’s very likely that it can spread to other areas of your home.
If you need help contending with mold in your home, contact the experts at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal. We’ve been serving Northwest Arkansas for over 40 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Northwest Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about preventing mold in your air conditioner’s drip pan and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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