Mold and mildew can grow on any surface as long as there’s enough moisture and nutrients. It’s pretty common in humid basements and attics, but it can grow anywhere else in your home, including your AC unit.

Apart from filling your indoor air with an unpleasant odor, mold growth could lead to serious health problems. Read on to find out why it’s a health hazard, why your AC could be its ideal home, and how to get rid of it safely and effectively.

The Dangers of Mold in Your AC Unit

Mold can be dangerous, regardless of where it grows. If you inhale its spores, you could put your health at risk.

According to the CDC, mold can cause a sore throat, a stuffy nose, coughing, wheezing, eye irritation, or skin rashes in people sensitive to mold.

It can worsen asthma symptoms and cause fever and shortness of breath in people who are allergic to mold. Those with chronic respiratory disease may experience difficulty breathing, while people with immune suppression or chronic lung disease may get a lung infection.

Since your AC spreads cool air throughout a room, it will start spreading mold spores as well if you don’t prevent mold from growing inside it. Before you know it, you could have a mold infestation in your entire home, inhaling potentially toxic particles even while you sleep.

How Does Mold Grow in Air Conditioners?

Air conditioners can provide ideal conditions for mold growth. They can collect dust, which is one of the organic food sources for mold. That’s why a regular AC clean-up is crucial.

Moisture is another thing that mold needs to grow. It can come from high humidity in the air, as well as your AC unit’s evaporator and condenser coils. If you don’t clean them properly, they could lead to condensation and water leakage. They could even corrode and cause refrigerant leaks.

How to Get Rid of Mold in Your AC

The best step you can take is preventing mold from growing in the first place by cleaning up your AC regularly. But if you notice the telltale signs of mold growth (e.g., stale smells, allergy symptoms, and visible mold growth), you need to call in professionals for mold remediation.

RidAway is the go-to mold removal company in Massachusetts that can help you get rid of mold quickly, safely, and effectively. We’ll identify the cause of the problem, stop moisture at the source, remove the mold, and clean all the affected surfaces, air filters, and your indoor air.

Schedule your AC mold removal today and start breathing clean, healthy air once again.