Mold is an almost unavoidable consequence of living in a humid environment. The mold that isn’t dampened by a dehumidifier will eventually grow and take refuge inside your home or office. Mold growth is unsightly and hazardous, and it may lead to respiratory illnesses, allergies, serious health problems for those with compromised immune systems, or even death in severe cases. When you have mold build-up in your office AC, it would be wise to call in the experts who will service your AC unit to ensure that you and your employees are safe.
The following are 13 reasons why your office AC may have mold.
Humid conditions are one of an air conditioner’s leading causes of mold growth. If the AC unit in your office isn’t properly ventilated, moisture can build up, or humid air can condense on the coils and create an ideal mold growth environment. Ensure that your AC is properly vented and that the vents are clear from obstructions.
2. Problems With HVAC Cleaning
Another reason there might be mold in your office AC unit is the lack of proper maintenance. If your AC unit is not cleaned regularly, mold can start to grow. AC units must be cleaned at least once a year to prevent mold from growing. You should schedule HVAC cleaning services from Beyer Mechanical. We have the required equipment to clean your AC unit to your satisfaction, and our technicians will remove any dirt, dust, or other contaminants causing mold growth.
3. Poorly Insulated Refrigerant
If your home or office AC has poor insulation, this can cause the refrigerant to leak out. When the refrigerant leaks, it raises the humidity levels in your AC unit. The high humidity creates an environment where mold can grow quickly and easily, which can cause a musty smell in your office and health problems for you and your employees.
4. Wrong AC Size
If an air conditioner is too small for the office space it serves, it will have to work overtime to cool the room. This can cause the unit to freeze, leading to mold growth. Conversely, an air conditioner that’s too large will never correctly dehumidify the air, leading to mold growth.
5. Poorly Installed Filter
Your AC unit does not just cool the air in your room; it also filters out airborne particles and debris that can cause health problems and mold. When filters are clogged with dirt and dust, they can’t do their jobs correctly. This allows mold and mildew to grow, which can cause a musty smell, respiratory problems, and skin irritation. A professional from Beyer Mechanical should check your filters regularly to assess if they are functioning correctly. We can immediately replace any damaged or dirty filters with new ones and ensure the new filters are installed correctly.
6. Unsealed Air Ducts
Mold growth can spread quickly from one part of your office to another. If the air ducts are unsealed, it will be much easier for mold and mildew spores to travel through the ducts and to grow in other areas of your office. If there is also a breach in the ductwork, outside air can enter the AC system and mix with the conditioned air inside your office building. This allows moisture to enter the system, leading to excessive condensation on or near cooling coils and other components. If the condensed air is not removed, it can lead to mold growth.
Some leaks in HVAC systems can be sources of mold growth. You may never notice it and not realize the leak is present until it’s too late. One such leak is a line where the compressor is connected with no seal around the connection. This can allow moisture from the outside to enter the unit and cause mold growth in your AC unit.
8. Old AC Unit
If the AC unit your office uses is more than 10 years old, it might need to be replaced. This is because your old AC unit will be inefficient, and it will have to work overtime to cool your office. If your office AC has been serving you for more than ten years, it would be wise to have our technicians replace it for you with a more energy-efficient unit, reducing the risk of mold growth.
9. Poor Circulation
If your unit is not getting enough air, the air inside can become stagnant and start to support mold growth. If your office’s ventilation system doesn’t work correctly, the air isn’t moving throughout the office as it should. This stagnant air will provide an ideal environment for molds to take root in most areas of your office. Ensure your office’s ventilation unit is in good condition so mold does not become an issue.
If your office building has flooded, there is a perfect chance that your AC system has been damaged. Mold can start to grow in your AC unit and spread to other parts of your office. Please ensure you get it repaired or replaced immediately after flooding to reduce the risk of mold growth.
11. Faulty Humidifier
If your office has a humidifier that isn’t working correctly, it can raise the humidity levels in the air. A faulty humidifier can create an ideal environment for mold growth. It isn’t uncommon for humidifiers to have loud, unusual, or squeaky noises. This could be a sign that it is time to replace the humidifier.
12. Wet Ceilings, Damp Walls, or Moist Crawl Spaces
Water leaking from the AC unit into your office building can cause mold to grow on ceilings and walls. If the water isn’t removed and the source of the leak is not repaired, mold growth can spread to your AC unit.
12. Clogged Drains
When your drains get clogged, the water that collects in your office building can start circulating through your AC system. This can cause mold to grow on the coils of the AC unit and in other nearby areas. Make sure that when replacing your AC, any drains that you suspect might be clogged are adequately cleaned by having your AC unit serviced or replaced by a professional.
13. Poorly Insulated Windows
If your windows are not adequately insulated, it can lead to excessive condensation. Mold can grow in these condensation-infused areas, and there is a severe risk the mold could spread throughout the air conditioning unit and into the room. Make sure your office window seals are functioning correctly so there is no risk of mold growth.
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Beyer Mechanical has been serving the residents of Corpus Christi, Austin, San Antonio, and the surrounding areas for over 25 years. We offer various HVAC services to provide comfort throughout your home and office. We have a team of qualified technicians who provide quick and efficient HVAC services. Our technicians are certified and licensed to work in new construction projects and on a wide variety of commercial buildings. We work with reliable HVAC systems from reputable brands like Lennox and Daikin. We are available 24/7 to deal with any issues you may face regarding HVAC systems.
We are known for providing exceptional results, observing safety, and having an excellent track record dating back to 1989. We can do everything from system installations, construction, remodels, project starts, design, and in-house engineering and design builds. Call Beyer Mechanical to learn more about our services, or visit our offices at Beyer John Drive, Selma, TX.