Are you looking for ways to get rid of mould from your air conditioner without costing you an arm and a leg?
Air conditioners make for ideal mould breeding grounds, and it can be really helpful to know how to clean it out before it does damage to your system, or your health!
The damp air within the system combined with any dust and debris that may escape the air filter combine to provide the ultimate environment for mould, so you definitely need to stay aware of any mould growth. The high volume of air passing through the air conditioning unit makes it prone to collecting mould spores and bacteria from other areas of your home as well – and this issue is further aggravated by Brisbane’s humid climate.
If you don’t want to fork out a bundle to have your air conditioning unit cleaned every single time you have mould, there are a few things you can do to clean your system yourself. Mould spores can be harmful health-wise, however, so if you have any qualms about doing this yourself, it is best left to the professionals.
Read on to find out how to safely clean mould from your air conditioner.
How to get rid of mould safely
Before you start to clean your air conditioner, you’ll need a few supplies:
- A high efficiency dust musk
- Vacuum cleaner
- Long brush
- De-greasing cleaner, detergent
- Cloths and cleaning rags
- Spray bottle.
Once you’ve got your supplies assembled, make sure you wear long sleeves and pants and put on your dust mask to protect yourself from mould spores. You should ensure that any members of your family with allergies or respiratory issues are out of the house.
Using a screwdriver, remove the vent cover of your air conditioner. Place it in a tub or tray of water and sprinkle it with detergent. After you’ve let it soak for about 15 minutes, rinse and let it air dry.
Spray the blades and the duct opening with water to prevent any dry mould from escaping into the air. You should then wipe down the blades and the duct opening with soapy water – make sure you do this thoroughly, even if you can’t see any dust!
Next, remove all other metal coverings to expose the inside of your air conditioner. Use the brush and your vacuum cleaner to remove dust. Make sure you remove every speck of dust from every crevice inside the system. You’ll also want to de-grease the inside of the air conditioner. Allow the de-greaser to stand for 15 to 20 minutes before you gently rinse it off with warm water.
Before you re-attach the vent and the filter, use a cloth to soak up any excess or remaining water that may be left over. Mould can grow in any remaining moisture. Ensure all pieces are in the correct position and not broken or bent before you attach the vent.
You’ll now want to test your system to ensure it runs as it should and without any loud noises.
Finally, dispose of any mould-infested items from the air conditioner in heavy-duty plastic bags and remove them from either a door or window in the room you’re in to avoid contaminating the rest of the house. Make sure you open all the windows to create ventilation after you’ve finished cleaning the unit.
If you have a ducted system, we recommend that you contact a professional to clean it for you. Most public health organisations recommend that a professional cleans a contaminated area bigger than 10 square metres.
Once it’s gone, keep it gone
Now that your air conditioner is clean and mould-free, you definitely want to keep it that way. We’ve got 5 great tips to help you prevent mould from re-growing in your air conditioner. Prevention is better than cure, as they say, so anything you can do to slow down the spread of mould in your home is well worth a try.
- Vacuum around the house regularly.
Mould often begins its life on surfaces around your home, particularly in damp areas or areas that are hidden from sight. Some types of mould spread by releasing spores into the air, which settle on other surfaces and continue the cycle. Being airborne makes it easy to pass through the air conditioning unit. With consistent cleaning, you can reduce the occurrence of mould.
- Make sure the air filters are clean.
The air filter in your air conditioner is the first line of defence against mould. If it’s not cleaned regularly, the filter can actually harbour dust and mould, which just makes the situation that much worse.
- Get your air conditioner serviced by a professional.
Most professionals will recommend that you get your air conditioner serviced twice a year in Brisbane’s humid weather.
- Inspect the coil in your air conditioner for mould.
Ensure that you wipe off the coil and clean the internal mechanisms (as we advised above) annually. If you’re at all unsure, consult a specialist.
- Invest in a quality dehumidifier.
A dehumidifier will reduce the moisture in your home while preventing mould growth, which is always a good thing.
Call in the professionals
If at any time you’re unsure of how to get rid of mould, or find the job might be too big for you, do not hesitate to call in the professionals. It’s so important that you’re comfortable with, and aware of, what you’re doing so that you and your loved ones aren’t exposed to harmful mould spores during the cleaning process.
It can be really difficult to access all parts of the air conditioning unit but a professional will have the proper tools and the knowledge for the job. Choose an experienced team who turn up with all the right equipment, saving you time, money and potential health problems.
Need to get rid of mould? For help from the professionals, contact H & H Air Conditioning today on (07) 3276 1800 and make an appointment!