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Air Conditioning Tips: How to Avoid Mold Problems and Rust Issues in HVAC Blower Compartments & Ductwork

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Mold and rust are not just unsightly, they can be corrosive to the structure of your home and possibly hazardous to your health. One of the last places you want those two things to take root is within your Glendale AC system, where they could be hidden from view for months.

So, follow this brief guide to prevent mold and rust problems from developing.

1.     Use high quality filters

A poor air filter lets through all kinds of contaminants, including organic matter. If mold spores get into your blower compartment or ductwork, it can bloom undetected for quite some time. Use a high quality filter that keeps out mold spores and other biological contaminants.

2.     Keep filters clean

The best filter in the world is no good if it is too dirty to function, so keep yours clean. Replace and/or clean them regularly in accordance with manufacturer recommendations.

3.     Pay attention to and fix leaks right away

The big problem with both rust and mold is moisture. Excess moisture that gets inside your AC system can wreak havoc. The water can corrode the metallic parts inside, giving rust free reign of your blower compartment or ductwork. Even worse, if water is added to some of those mold spores from the poor filter (see #1), the environment is perfect for mold to grow.

So, be aware of things like wall and ceiling leaks, wet insulation or moisture accumulating around the blower compartment. These are not uncommon problems with AC systems because of coil icing, poor condensate drainage and other issues, and they can easily turn into mold and rust problems if left unchecked.

4.     Be aware of humidity

If your home is too humid, even while the AC is running, get it looked at. This could be a symptom of an extra moisture source somewhere.

5.     Have AC problems fixed professionally

Finally, when you need to perform air conditioning repairs, have them professionally repaired. Many AC issues are related or the symptom of a larger problem, so fixing one thing may not solve the real issue. De-icing the condenser coil, for example, but not fixing the associated leak, could mean that the problem will come back, and in the mean time there’s plenty of water to cause rust and mold problems.

Call Cool Touch Air Conditioning & Heating Specialists for professional air conditioning maintenance services.

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