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Signs Your AC Has Mold

It’s important that you not ignore mold growing inside your home. When you first discover mold, you need to figure out why it’s there and get rid of it. Keep in mind that while smaller spots of mold can be washed off walls and ceilings, larger patches of mold (or mold that is widespread) will require professional mold removal.

Having a mold problem in your house can make you and your family sick with a respiratory illness, skin reactions or eye irritations. Asthma can develop or worsen in some individuals who’ve had prolonged exposure to mold. The scary thing about mold is that it’s not always easy to figure out where it’s coming from. In some cases, air conditioning systems contain mold. Take action as soon as possible to reduce the health risks associated with mold.

Why mold builds up in air conditioning systems

The most common types of mold need a wet environment to grow, so most any space in your home with high moisture levels is a potential breeding ground for mold. Because air conditioners do not run all the time, moisture and debris have a chance to accumulate in the system’s ductwork and air handler.

How to identify the signs of mold in your air conditioning system

It’s easy to not notice mold growing in your air conditioning system until it has expanded in size and started to spread. If you have an annual HVAC maintenance plan, the technician should recognize and let you know of possible signs of mold. Doing your own AC inspection? Here are some signs that you may have mold in the system and could benefit from air conditioning service in Albany, OR:

  • Bad smells: If you’ve ever walked into a space that had mold and excessive moisture, you probably immediately smelled a musty odor. There are many types of mold, but the most common molds will produce an unpleasant smell throughout or part of your home. You might notice the smell getting more pungent when you run the air conditioner, especially if the mold has already spread to your system’s air ducts.
  • Visible mold: Most of the time, the mold that lives in your air conditioner will resemble the mold found in other areas of your home, like in a dirty or unventilated bathroom or moist basement. Your AC might have patchy black mold residue that either wipes off easily or is stubborn and hard to get rid of. Either way, the AC will need a good cleaning to remove it.
  • Recurring respiratory symptoms: Mold can cause respiratory issues and other adverse health conditions, which is why you do have to worry about it being in your home. Keep in mind that mold can also cause mild irritations that can lead to bigger health problems, and emergency situations are possible.

Aside from causing health issues, the presence of mold—whether or not you can smell it or see it—can affect the value of your home. If you need an HVAC safety inspection, system repairs, routine maintenance or air conditioning service in Albany, OR, don’t hesitate to call our team at Larsell Mechanical Service!