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Mold In The Drip Pan Of Your A/C: Prevent It In 3 Steps

Posted on: September 28th, 2012 by Jason Connell

Mold In The Drip Pan Of Your A/C: Prevent It In 3 StepsAn air conditioner is a great asset to any Fort Worth or Arlington home, but did you know it may have a negative effect on your health? Because of the volume of water your A/C cycles, it is susceptible to mold in the drip pan.

This fungus requires a few key ingredients in order to grow: mold spores, mold food, suitable temperature and a source of moisture. The key to preventing mold growth is to greatly reduce, or eliminate any of the necessary ingredients.

Here are three steps you can take towards preventing mold in the drip pan of your A/C:

  1. Keep an eye on things. Check your drip pan periodically to ensure there isn’t an accumulation of water. The pan is designed to drain on its own, but every now and then algae may form in the drain line, causing a back up. If you find an excessive amount of water, turn off the unit and call for service. Then clean, dry and disinfect the pan thoroughly before mold can take hold.
  2. Clean frequently. The correlation between a dusty home and mold in the drip pan of your A/C is clear. Mold spores are all around us and help make up dust. Left to accumulate, dust and dirt will find their way into your ductwork and then your A/C, providing one of the key elements for mold growth. Clean often with an electrostatic or microfiber material, and use a vacuum cleaner with a good filter.
  3. Change your filter. During peak cooling season, change your air filter every four to six weeks. A dirty one is unable to trap particles such as bacteria, dust and mold spores; instead of the air going through the filter, it will simply hit the surface and scatter, sending these particles throughout the unit where they are free to travel to the drip pan.

AirRite Air Conditioning Company has been taking great care of the residents of the Fort Worth and Arlington areas since 1955. For more tips on how to prevent mold in the drip pan of your air conditioner, give us a call today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about preventing mold and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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