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Are you battling AC algae and mold? If your HVAC system is infected, it can be detrimental to your health. Since these issues are silent threats, they may go unnoticed, affecting your home and quality of life. So, if you detect signs of mold or algae, it’s important to address these problems immediately to prevent them from spreading. 

Because these compounds can be dangerous, Action Air Conditioning HVAC experts have provided you with all the pertinent information on how mold and algae affect your AC system and how to address contamination. 

image of concrete next to ac covered in algae and mold

What are Mold and Algae?

Mold is a type of fungus that forms on damp or moist surfaces. For mold to reproduce, it produces spores, cells, fragments, and unstable organic compounds that can enter the air. It can come in many forms and colors, such as black or white. When left unmanaged, mold digests and erodes surfaces it develops on. 

arison, algae are simple plants typically found in bodies of water. However, it can also develop in your indoor environment. It usually appears green or blue-green in color due to the presence of chlorophyll but can be yellow or brown as it dies down. Algae can grow in many visible or microscopic forms, consisting of many cells that form strands or colonies.

Health Effects of Mold and Algae

There are many health side effects of mold and algae infestations. The following are common symptoms of mold exposure:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Irritated eyes
  • Difficulty breathing (wheezing) & shortness of breath
  • Skin irritation
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Respiratory infection
  • Chronic lung diseases in those with compromised immune systems
  • Allergic reactions (anaphylaxis)
  • Acute Idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage 
  • Memory loss
  • Lethargy

Along with mold exposure, algae can negatively impact your health. Specifically, some forms of blue-green algae bloom can produce lethal toxins that enter the body. The physical manifestations of algae contamination include:

  • Diarrhea 
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Skin, eye, or throat irritation
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Headaches
  • Allergic reactions
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Diminished brain function

Since severe dehydration can result from prolonged diarrhea and vomiting, consult a medical professional. With chronic exposure, the symptoms may progress and cause many other long-term health issues. So, if you are experiencing any symptoms of exposure, seek immediate care to prevent your condition from worsening.

How Do Algae and Mold Affect Your AC?

Mold and algae can form on your AC due to condensate drain leaks or residual moisture from your evaporator coil. Your evaporator coil cools your home by removing heat from the surrounding air. Thereafter, moisture is condensed onto the coils and flows into the condensate drain pan. If the pan becomes clogged, it can leak. These leaks can spread throughout your home, causing mold and algae to form. 

Since AC algae and mold breed in dark, wet areas, they may be difficult to detect. Even if you cannot see leaks, check the coils, condensate drain, and surrounding areas. Otherwise, the contaminants may distribute through your duct system, infecting your home. Consequently, you are likely to suffer from compromised health.

Combating Mold and Algae 

If you notice mold and algae on or around your AC, clean it immediately. To prevent yourself from being exposed, wear protective gear (i.e., gloves, a mask, and closed-toe shoes or rubber boots). Then, you can clean your AC using bleach, vinegar dilution, or industrial mold-killing products. After cleaning the infected surfaces, dry them thoroughly and open windows to allow fresh air into your home.

If the mold and algae have spread extensively or beyond your control, contact HVAC professionals for assistance. 

Consult Action Air Conditioning 

AC algae and mold can be a serious problem. But don’t worry! Action Air Conditioning HVAC professionals in Tampa, Florida, are dedicated and passionate about assisting you with your AC needs. Specifically, we specialize in AC installation, repair, maintenance, and inspection. If you’re stressed out, we will help you achieve the ultimate indoor comfort, providing you reliable service and a worry-free operation. 

Please contact us today to speak to a customer service representative or to book a FREE estimate.