ac-winterize-lgMold can cause major problems for homeowners. Not only can it damage your home, it can cause significant health problems for you and your loved ones. Mold thrives in wet environments, and can grow inside your air conditioner’s drip pan if you do not clean it regularly and properly. Your air conditioner’s drip pan is where water collects as it evaporates from the unit. Therefore, a mold-free drip pan is imperative to prevent mold from flourishing.

To ensure that your air conditioner has a mold-free drip pan, and avoid damage to your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system, home and health, follow these steps:

  1. Perform regular cleaning: This doesn’t just mean your drip pan, but also your entire home. Dust and dirt inside the home can be pushed into your home’s ventilation, often through dirty ductwork. Once particles enter your duct work, they can build up and increase the risk of mold development. This problem often begins in the drip pan because its purpose is to collect moisture.
  2. Check your filter regularly: It’s important to check your filters regularly, and replace them as necessary. In southern Florida, air conditioners often are in use year-round; you should check and replace your air filter once a month. The filter is a key component in preventing bacteria from spreading throughout your home. When it is clogged, air is blowing on the dirty filter which spreads debris throughout the air conditioning system. Moisture and bacteria can lead to mold growth.
  3. Inspect and clean your drop pan: This step is a no-brainer for a mold-free drip pan. Your drip pan should drain on its own, but ensuring that you have a mold-free drip pan prevents the formation of clogs that block the drain and cause backups. If your drip pan is accumulating standing water, this indicates a potential for serious problems. Empty the water in your drip pan, and contact your HVAC contractor immediately, so you address the problem before major damage occurs.

Preventative maintenance and proper care will help your system have a mold-free drip pan. If you have any questions about maintenance, or are experiencing mold growth or issues with your drip pan, we can help! Call Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist with your air conditioning needs.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about drip pan and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Our experienced AIR CONDITIONING Service staff is here to help you if you live in Juno Beach, Jupiter, and Lake Clarke Shores. But we also provide AC repair service in Lake Park, Lake Worth, Lantana, and Loxahatchee. AC is most essential equipment for summer’s heat and whenever it is disabled then please don’t hesitate to contact us for a FREE estimate on your AC unit.


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