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Is Your Air Conditioner Making You Sick? Dangers of a Moldy Indoor Coil

Heating & Cooling Tips

Mold on an Air Conditioning CoilInside your air conditioner, there are two coils. One coil you can see, and one you can’t. When you have an air conditioner tune-up, our technicians clean both coils to make sure your system is clean and running at peak efficiency. But did you ever wonder what gets on that coil in the first place? At Jeremy Electrical, Heating & Cooling, our technicians see the inside of many different units. Keep reading to find out what could be inside your air conditioner, and what to do about it.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Because you can’t see the evaporator coil on your indoor unit, there’s no way to know when it needs to be cleaned. While you can’t see it, mold could be growing on this coil, hampering your air conditioner, and introducing mold spores into your air. But how do you know? Here are three questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you changing your filter monthly?
  • Has your AC been experiencing frequent breakdowns?
  • Have you noticed an increase in your energy bill even though your use hasn’t changed?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might have a dirty coil.

Related Read: A Homeowner’s Guide to Furnace Filters

Problems Caused by a Dirty Coil

Dirty coils are not good for the health of your family or your unit. A dirty or clogged coil makes your air conditioner work harder to get the job done. This results in higher energy bills, more frequent breakdowns, and a shorter lifespan for your unit.

Besides the trouble it causes mechanically, a dirty coil could expose your family to harmful mold and dust buildup. Your air conditioner blows air into every room in your home – air that has passed over a dirty coil! If anyone in your family is experiencing asthma or flu-like symptoms, fatigue, or allergy symptoms, it could be caused by mold in your air conditioner or ductwork.

Call the Experts at Jeremy Electrical, Heating & Cooling

You may be tempted to clean your evaporator coil yourself, but we warn against it. The coil fins on an evaporator coil are sensitive and easily damaged. These are active, electrical appliances, and they pose the danger of electrical shock or fire as well.

Furthermore, depending on what has collected on your coil, and how tough the buildup is, different methods may be needed to truly clean your evaporator coil. A trained professional, like a technician from Jeremy Services, is your best bet – they’ll know how to safely work with your unit, as well as what products to use.

Related Read: Four Big Benefits of an Air Conditioner Tune-Up

Air conditioner season will be here before you know it! Now is a great time for an AC tune-up to get your air conditioner ready for the cooling season. Experience fewer breakdowns and save money on your energy bill with a clean, efficient system.

Give Jeremy Services a call today at (913) 375-0070 for a professional air conditioner tune-up.