If a moldy or musty odor wafts out of your air vents every time you turn on the heat, you could have mold inside your central air and heating system. Mold can grow inside damp HVAC systems and appliances over time. Some inhabitants in your home may be allergic to mold spores. If you follow the advice or tips below, you can get rid of the musty odor invading your home today.
Inspect the Air Handler
Central air and heating units produce cold and warm air during the year. If moisture or condensation forms on the evaporator coil, air filter, or insulation inside the unit, mold and other pathogens can take up residence and grow.
If you can, turn off your central air and heating system and inspect the evaporator coil for mold. Condensation can form on the coil and attract mold spores over time. If there's mold on the coil, clean the coil with soapy, cold water. Rinse the coil with cool water and allow it to dry. After the coil dries, turn on your central air and heating system.
Next, examine your home's air vents for signs of mold. If you find mold in the vents, call a residential HVAC contractor soon. The mold on your evaporator coil may have circulated into your air ducts.
Call a Residential HVAC Contractor Soon
If there's mold in your air ducts, it will quickly spread throughout your house. The heat from your central air and heating system may also encourage the fungus to grow rapidly inside your air ducts. A contractor can remove the mold from your duct system before it wreaks havoc on your home.
A contractor may also double check your central air and heating unit for hidden mold. Mold can grow on the unit's insulation and condensate pan. If the insulation is moldy, an HVAC contractor will discard, replace, or clean it for you. A contractor will also rinse off and treat the condensate pan to keep mold from growing on it again.
Mold can also grow on the blower unit inside the unit if it has dust on it. Dust contains organic matter mold may find appetizing enough to eat. A contractor will clean and oil the blower for you.
There may be other areas of your central air and heating system an HVAC needs to inspect for mold. If a contractor needs to check the system further, they'll inform you.
You can keep mold out of your central air and heating system by calling an HVAC contractor today. For more information, reach out to a company like Central York Corp.