What to do About Spores and Mildew in Your HVAC System

July 22, 2017


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Unfortunately, mildew and spores is a common problem with HVAC systems. It’s a potential health problem and it can also cause issues with your system. It’s very important to deal with the problem as soon as you discover it.

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HVAC Systems – The Perfect Breeding Ground

The problem is, that HVAC systems are the perfect breeding ground for mildew and spores. They are hard to spot, and so it is likely the first thing you’ll notice is that you, or someone in your household becomes ill. It can be pretty dangerous if anyone suffers from allergies or asthma. A cold you can’t get rid of, or symptoms that appear like asthma are signs to watch out for. For anyone particularly vulnerable, such as babies, the elderly, or anyone suffering from respiratory problems, spores in the air can sometimes be life threatening.

Another Early Warning Sign

Another sign to look out for is a musty smell. A clear system will never have this smell. If you notice it, then you’ve likely got a spore problem. The source must be found. However, it could be anywhere in the system. Just because you notice a smell in one area, doesn’t mean that this is necessarily the source of the problem. It may be in the heat pump coils, on the air filter or somewhere in the duct work. A qualified St Louis HVAC technician will be able to track down the source of the problem and eliminate it.

Check the Air Filters for Signs of Mildew

If you regularly replace your air filters, which is a good habit to get into anyway, it gives you the chance to look for mildew. Check your old filters, look at them for mildew or spores and smell them to see if they give off a musty smell. Finding spores on the filter may be an indicator of a larger issue.

Fix the Problem Right Away

As was stated before, it’s very important to fix this problem early, and so informing a St Louis HVAC technician immediately is the correct course of action. An HVAC technician will conduct a thorough inspection of the system. The ductwork will be examined and checked for mold. They will look for areas where moisture has gathered, identify any parts that are suffering from condensation and see if the airflow has become restricted due to some sort of blockage. All of which could be the cause of the mildew problem.

Regular HVAC Maintenance

Regular maintenance of the system can go a long way in preventing the growth of spores and mildew in your HVAC system. It will also help identify the problem in time, and take necessary corrective action. If you suspect any problem with your system, you should contact a St. Louis HVAC technician as soon as you can.

Call Scott-Lee Heating to schedule you regular maintenance at (314) 200-0788 or fill out our online contact form.

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