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Mold And Your Heater Or Air Conditioner: Get Answers To The Questions You May Have

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Mold that begins to grow inside of your air conditioner, HVAC or heating system can be dangerous. This is because the spores will be quickly blown throughout your home as the cooled or heated air is blown to your home. This causes mold to spread quickly throughout your home and makes it easier for you or your family members to inhale. Unfortunately, mold and heating or cooling units is not something that many people are familiar with. If you are just learning about this topic, you may have many questions. Here are a few of the questions you may have about mold and your heater, air conditioner or HVAC unit. 

What Are the Signs That Mold is Present in Your Heating or Cooling Unit? 

The most common sign of mold being present in your air conditioner, HVAC or heater is a mildew or musty smell that fills the air when the unit turns on. This is because the scent of the mold is being circulated throughout your home. The smell is typically more prominent under your vents than it would be away from the vents. 

Another sign of mold in your unit is mold on the filters. If you notice mold on your filters, it is likely in your system and duct work as well. 

The last sign of mold in your heating or cooling unit is mold being present on the fins or grates that heated or cooled air flows through.  If you notice black, brown, green or yellow powder or film, you likely have mold. And since it is on the vent, it is likely coming from your duct work or heating and cooling system. 

What Are the Dangers of Mold Being Present in Your Heating or Cooling Unit? 

The biggest danger associated with mold is that certain types can make humans and pets sick. It can be unhealthy to inhale these spores and if you do, they can cause you to have headaches, respiratory issues and rashes. In addition to this, mold being present inside your heating or cooling unit can shorten its lifespan. Mold absorbs moisture in the unit, which can cause belts and hoses to dry out and break faster. 

Who Should You Call if You Suspect Mold is Present in Your Heating or Cooling Unit? 

If you suspect you have mold present, both a heating and cooling expert and a mold remediation expert can help you. A mold remediation expert can remove all of the mold from your home, while the heating and cooling expert can the examine your air conditioner, heater or HVAC unit and make any repairs that may be needed after all of the mold has been removed. 

If you suspect that mold is present inside of your heating or cooling unit, it is important to have the mold removed quickly. Contact a heating or cooling professional, such as at All American Air & Electric, Inc., or a mold remediation specialist today to determine if mold is present and which type and to have the mold properly removed.