When putting certain items away for the season, it can be easy to simply put them in their place and forget about them, not thinking about that space again until it’s time to use the items again. With something sensitive like an air conditioner, it is imperative to keep a close eye on how you handle its storage as to avoid potentially damaging problems down the road.
Air conditioners take air from outside, cool it down, and push it out into your home. This process produces a great amount of condensation and moisture which you’ve likely noticed when moving your air conditioner around your home. Often, water is inevitably stored in different parts of your air conditioner, posing a threat to your home when it is removed and stored. By being mindful of this possibility and taking precautionary steps, you can avoid mold growth in your air conditioners and in your home.
When fall can no longer be denied, it is finally time to remove the air conditioners from your home’s windows and properly store them. When removing your air conditioner from the window, allow the water to drain out completely before fully removing it from the window. This can often take several minutes but it is necessary so be patient. If possible, bring your AC outdoors and gently rotate it to different angles to reach all ends of where water could be stored. When you feel you’ve gotten all moisture out of the AC, take a small cloth and wipe down all surfaces you can reach. Mold is capable of growing and spreading with even a small amount of moisture so be sure you remove all visible moisture. Lastly, be conscious as to where you are choosing to store your AC. Choose a storage spot that is completely dry and, if possible, receives a little sunlight. Avoid any outdoor storage such as a shed, as the chances of moisture in the air are much higher. Use these steps to avoid mold growth in your air conditioner that spreads into your home. If you cannot avoid a mold issue, contact us 24-hours for a free estimate on your mold removal project!