If everyone in the house gets sick when you turn on the ac unit and you can smell mold, mildew, or a musty odor in the air, you want to get your air conditioner cleaned. There are a lot of common problems with air conditioning units that can cause a significant problem with the air quality. Here are some of the issues you may be having with the air conditioner.
Bacteria can be a problem all throughout the house because it's getting blown out of the air conditioning unit. Legionella is a bacterium that can be found in air conditioners that causes serious lung infections and respiratory problems. Have the AC unit cleaned so you don't have to worry about bacteria and other types of fungi circulating through the home.
Talk with the AC service professional and tell them you want the unit not just cleaned by sterilized. This way they know you are worried about bacterial problems.
Any sightings of fruit flies require a cleaning of the air conditioning unit. These can become a problem because of the condensation and water droplets that accumulate. The fruit flies won't just infest the AC unit, but they can spread to the house and then be difficult to get rid of.
Mold and Mildew Treatment
There could be mold and mildew inside the air conditioner. These spores could be spreading throughout the house. You need to get the AC unit treated for mold and mildew, to eliminate the fungi and also to get rid of the musty odors that you're dealing with.
The ducts need to be cleaned to make sure that there isn't any bacteria, insect waste, mold, mildew, and other debris in the ducts. The HVAC company will come in and remove all the buildup inside the ducts and then apply a cleaning agent throughout the ducts as well.
Don't let your air conditioner be the cause of respiratory problems and other illnesses in your home. If you think that you're having issues with your air conditioning unit and that cleaning it could make a big impact and change, get the professionals to your house to see what can be done. You also want to have the ducts clean. If there are serious problems within the AC unit you'll want to talk with the AC repair contractor about the options for replacement and what the cost will be.