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How To Contend With Mold Growth In The Drip Pan

Published on: August 16, 2012

Mold growing in a drip pan is a very common concern for homeowners. If you find mold growing in your air conditioner drip pan, you will need to perform some basic ac maintenance. The first step to having a mold free air conditioner is to understand what mold is and why it grows in moist environments.

What Is Mold:
Mold is an organism that breaks down dead or dying materials. Mold is found everywhere but grows most rapidly in wet and humid conditions. Mold growth inside your home is caused by water or high humidity. That is why finding mold growth in your air conditioner’s drip pan is so common. Your air conditioner is the perfect breeding ground for mold growth. Water accumulates in the drip pan which allows for the perfect spot for mold. Preventing mold in your air conditioning unit is a matter of proper air conditioning repair and maintenance. You will easily be able to ascertain if mold is starting to grow by a change of color on the surface of your drip pan.

How Does Mold Affect Your Family:
Mold growth in your home has the potential to cause health problems for your family members. Anyone who lives in your home that suffers from asthma or allergies will be most affected by the growth of mold in the air conditioner drip pan. Young children or pregnant women will be most susceptible to the presence of mold and may become very ill. Having regular ac maintenance performed will help to eliminate and remove mold within your homes cooling system.

Steps To Take To Eliminate Mold In Your Air Conditioner:

1. Keep a clean home. Cleaning may not seem related to mold growing but there is a connection. A large amount of dust or debris will contribute to the clogging of your air ducts. If your air ducts are dirty, the risk of mold growth increases. The drip pan will be the first place that mold will be noticed due to the nature of the pan and the accumulating of water.

2. Perform minor air conditioning repair. Your air conditioner filter should be replaced at least once a month during the hot season when the unit is being used consistently. The filter was made to prevent bacteria from spreading. A clogged or dirty air filter will not work properly and will cause the bacteria to blow back through your HVAC system and into the rooms of your home. The combined effect of a dirty filter, bacteria, and moisture will cause mold to grow within your drip pan.

3. You should check your drip pan once a month when the system is being used around the clock. There should not be any standing water in a properly functioning air conditioner. The drip pan is designed to drain on its own. If you notice standing water in the drip pan, you will need immediate air conditioning repair as this is a sign of a much larger problem.

4. Correct any plumbing issues or other water problems in your home as soon as possible. This will help eliminate the possibility of mold growth in your home and drip pan.

5. If you are uncertain if mold is present, you should consult with a mold remediator or an air conditioning repair company to determine the best course of action for proper mold removal.

6. An ac maintenance company may suggest that you install a top grade pleated air filter to prevent the build up of mold and debris within your air conditioner. Many air conditioning service companies will suggest the use of a UV light to prevent mold growth. UV lights are a good choice but often will cause your drain to become brittle or crack after installation.

A Warning For Homeowners:
If you detect the presence of mold growing in your drip pan, there is a very high chance that mold is also growing within your air conditioner unit. The necessary course of action is to call an air conditioning service company to perform crucial ac maintenance.