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Mold Inspection Steps for Air Conditioners, Air Conditioning Equipment, & Air Ducts

by mold experts Phillip Fry and Divine Montero, Certified Environmental Hygenists, Certified Mold Inspectors, and Certified Mold Remediators

    
    
Air conditioners, air conditioning equipment, and air ducts are mold factories because:

(1) The air conditioning cooling process condenses humidity moisture from the treated air and turns it into water inside the air conditioners, air conditioning equipment, and air ducts to drive mold growth.

(2) The operating air conditioners, air conditioning equipment, and air ducts continually bring into the air cooling system new air that contains abundant airborne mold spores and organic dust and dirt, which are the mold food for the mold spores to eat to grow into mold colonies.

(3) The operating air conditioners, air conditioning equipment, and air ducts then spread airborne mold spores from their internal mold growth into the rooms being cooled via the outward air flow from the air con units, resulting in massive mold cross contamination of the house, office, or workplace.

(4)  If heating, ventilating,  and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are turned off at night or for many hours in the daytime in workplaces or in homes, the non-operation of the air conditioning can allow humidity to build, condense, and cause big-time mold growth.

(5)  The HVAC system may be too small in capacity and design to provide adequate fresh air intake and enough air conditioning to prevent mold growth.

(6) Use a strong flashlight to search for mold growth inside window air conditioners and air conditioning duct registers (after removing the register grill).

(7) To mold test your heating/cooling equipments and ducts for elevated levels of mold spores and mold growth, use EnviroDetectives mold test kits. You tape the open side of the mold test kit to the outside of the HVAC grill register or window air conditioner air supply grill so that the sticky side of the kit is facing the outward air flow from the heating/cooling duct register.  Run your air conditioning system or window air conditioner on fan ventilation (no heating or cooling) for 10 minutes. Then, remove the mold test kits, put the lids back on, seal the outside edge of the closed mold test kit lab dishes and then watch for mold growth over a 7 day time period.

(8) Mold Growth in Filters of Air Handling Equipment and Heating and Air Conditioning Systems. Mold can accumulate and grow when mold spores are caught in the filters of air handlers, air conditioners, and heating/cooling systems. The mold grows on dust and dirt also collected on the air conditioning filters. One of the best places to inspect for mold problems is to inspect visually the filters and to take mold samples from the filters for mold lab analysis and mold species identification. Air handling and heating/cooling systems bring into the filters mold growth anywhere inside the home or building, plus any mold growth in the ducts and heating/cooling equipment.  If there is mold growth in the air conditioning/heating equipment and ducts, the entire house or building needs to undergo an in depth mold inspection. Similarly, the entire home might need to have intensive mold remediation.

Air Conditioning Mold Remediation

(1) Use EnviroDetectives high ozone blasting as the most effective and least costly way to kill mold inside heating/cooling equipment and ducts. Learn how to use an ozone generator to get rid of air conditioning mold at Ozone Blaster. Because most room air conditioners and heating/cooling systems have internal mold growth, every three months you should use your own high ozone generator to input large volumes of high ozone (at least 14,000 mg per hour of ozone) for one hour into the fresh air supply intake of each window air conditioner, as well as your heating/cooling system to kill all air conditioning mold and bacteria.  During ozone treatment of your air conditioners and heating/cooling equipment and ducts, there must be NO people, pets, or plants inside your home or building, or for one hour afterwards.

(2) Do ozone blasting of your attic, basement, crawl space, enclosed garage, and all of rooms for one hour at least every three months to kill mold spores and bacteria throughout your home or building. As mentioned above, there must be NO people, pets, or plants inside your home or building during the ozone treatment or for one hour afterwards. Moldy air conditioners and air conditioning systems are mold factories that should be ozone blasted on a regular basis to kill ever-growing air conditioning mold.

Hire mold consultants Phillip Fry and Divine Montero to find air conditioning mold, workplace mold, and mold hidden inside the walls, ceilings, floors, crawl space, attic, basement, and HVAC equipment and system of your house, condominium, office, workplace, or other building anywhere in  Phoenix, Mesa, and Scottsdale, Arizona, California, Las Vegas, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and elsewhere in Asia. Mold Training  Mold Inspector Directory  Industrial Hygienist Training  Industrial Hygienist Directory  Mold Inspection Blog Questions & Answers
Picture of mold growing in air conditioning supply register in residence in Penang, Malaysia.
Mold growing in the air con air supply register in a condo in Penang, Malaysia, Mold expert and Certified Mold Inspector Phillip Fry did the mold inspection and mold remediation in March, 2012.

Picture of mold growth on an air conditioning supply duct.
Mold growth on an air conditioning supply register.

 
Picture of Malaysian air conditioning mold growth.
Picture of mold growth inside an office air conditioning diffuser. Picture taken in
April, 2012, by mold expert and Certified Environmental Hygienist Phillip Fry.
Picture of mold-infested air conditionining diffuser.
Heavily mold-infested air conditioning distribution duct register and duct.

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