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  • Is Your Air Conditioner Harboring Mold?
    Mold is typically found in small amounts in home heating and cooling systems. When the conditions are right, the mold can grow unattended eventually lower the air quality and lead to health problems for those living in the home. it's important to understand where the typical sources of air conditioner mold are to effectively remove excess mold from and prevent it from growing in the future.

    Air conditioners are especially prone to mold growth as a result of their normal operation. Drain pans, which can hold standing water for long periods of time, can be an ideal breading ground for mold. Air conditioner also have pipes with bends and curves that can hold water, leading to mold growth. When excess mold is growing inside the AC unit, it can often be seen growing on the inside of the air ducts as well.

    While it can be easy to spot mold around your air conditioner, getting rid of it is not as easy as cleaning the surfaces where the mold is visible, you need to find the source of the problem to prevent mold from growing again in the future.

    The cause of mold is excess moisture and bacteria. When excess water is present it's usually a symptom of water leaks or other flaws in the unit. A professional air conditioner technician can locate the cause of excess the moisture and recommend solutions for fixing the problem.

    To avoid dealing with mold issues in the future, examine your condensate drain regularly for obstructions. If the drain gets backed up, the standing water can develop bacteria, which will eventually turn into mold. Once you’ve removed the mold from the system, you’ll need to make sure it doesn’t return by regularly maintaining the unit and keeping the air ducts clean.

    Having your air ducts cleaned regularly can help to remove visible mold and dirt. If you can see mold in these places, there may be mold accumulating in other parts of your home. If the mold problem is severe enough, you’ll need to contact a mold specialist. Make sure that the professional who cleans your system uses a cleaning regiment that does not involve harmful chemicals that could adversely affect your indoor air quality.

    Have questions about keeping mold out of your air conditioner? Give Gibson's a call, we're here to help.

    Written on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 00:07 in Indoor Air Quality Read 23 times

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 Live operators – no answering machines
 Convenient appointments made around your schedule
 Friendly, uniformed technicians
 We use floor protectors and thouroughly clean the work area
 We listen to your needs & talk in non-technical language
 We follow up to make sure you are 100% satisfied
 We stand by everything we do – NO EXCEPTIONS!

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