How to Clean Mold from Air Conditioner Ducts
Collect your supplies
It’s important to have everything you need before starting the cleaning process. This will make it easier for you to complete your task without having to run out and get something else. To properly remove mold from your air conditioning ducts, you’ll need a cleaning solution to scrub the mold away. You can use a commercial product, or you can make your own using baking soda and water. If your air conditioner is located in an area where there is a lot of moisture, you may want to use vinegar instead of baking soda. If you want to learn more about Commercial Air Duct Cleaning in Bloomington MN, reach out to Clean Air Restoration today for help!
Turn off the AC system
Turn off the AC system before you start cleaning. This will prevent mold spores from being blown around and causing more problems in your home. It will also help protect your hands when you start cleaning. If you have a window AC unit, you can simply remove the front panel and turn off the switch inside. If your unit is in an attic or other hard-to-reach area, it may be easier to unplug it before turning off the power source.
Remove the vent covers
Remove the vent covers and wipe them down with a damp cloth. This will remove any dust or debris that has accumulated on the vents. You may also want to vacuum out any cobwebs that have formed around the outside of your unit. The filters in your AC system need to be changed periodically. If they are dirty, it will reduce its efficiency—and possibly damage it as well. Remove the grille or coverings on the outside of your unit to access the ducts that carry air throughout your home.
Vacuum the ducts
Vacuum your ducts to remove any dirt, dust or debris that has accumulated on them. You can also use your vacuum to clean out the air filter inside your unit. If you have a window or wall unit, remove it from its location and thoroughly wash down all surfaces with mild soap and water. You’ll want to avoid using a vacuum if you don’t have the proper attachments, or if your vacuum is metal or hard plastic. This could scratch or dent your vents, and cause permanent damage to your home’s air ventilation system. To get your ducts properly vacuumed and cleaned, reach out to a local air duct cleaning company, and for mold issues reach out to a mold remediation expert for help.
Apply a mold killing agent to your HVAC system
If you have mold growing inside your ducts, you’ll want to apply a mold killing agent or sanitizer that will help eliminate the growth. You can use an EPA-registered disinfectant or biocide designed for use on materials like plastic and metal. If you’re not sure which chemical to use, or are worried about the side effects of using a bad chemical on your AC unit, reach out to a trusted air duct cleaning company for help. Some offer mold remediation services as well, and can help you through your restoration project.
Wipe away mold residue
Once you’ve sprayed down your AC unit, you’ll want to wipe away any excess mold or debris from the unit. Using a damp cloth or sponge, gently scrub off any mold that remains on your AC’s walls and vents. During this step, you should make sure to wear proper protective wear- such as eye protection, gloves, and a respirator.
Replace the vent covers
Once you’re sure that your AC unit is completely dry, replace its vent covers. This will help prevent mold from growing in the future and also keep out dust and insects. Make sure to regularly check your AC unit afterwards to ensure that mold growth has stopped, and to make sure that you haven’t caused damage to your AC unit during the cleaning process.
Recruiting help from local Air Duct Cleaners
If you’re unsure how to clean your AC unit or if you aren’t able to get it done on your own, it may be a good idea to recruit help from a local air duct cleaning company. These professionals will be able to guide you through the process and make sure that everything is done correctly so as not to damage your system.
At Clean Air Restoration, we’d be happy to help you with any of your needs. Our services include: Air Duct Cleaning, Dryer Vent Cleaning, Clean Air Continued Care, Water Damage Restoration, Mold Remediation, Fire Damage Reconstruction, Sewage Removal Services, and More! We recommend calling us today at 612-441-2230 for more information about how we can help!