Get rid of nasty mold and mildew in a vehicle’s air vents

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Car expert sprays air vents. (WINK News photo)
Car expert sprays air vents. (WINK News photo)

Just like a house, your car needs a thorough spring cleaning. But we are talking about more than vacuuming.

With just a can of disinfectant, a person can keep their vehicle’s air conditioning unit clean, preventing mold and mildew from taking root and causing breathing issues.

The procedure is inexpensive and straightforward. As a person starts his or her car, pull the brake, then turn the air conditioning to a high level of output. The system should not be on recirculate.

Now, it is time for some cleaning.

Find the intake vents by the windshield and spray the disinfectant back and forth a few times. Repeat the process with the heat and regular vent settings as well.

Pam Oakes, an automotive technician, said this method should kill almost all of the mold and mildew buildup.

“They’ ll build up in what they call the ‘evaporator drain case’ and then, it won’t allow it to drain properly and back up,” Oakes said.

Be sure to let the system run on each setting for a minute or two before spraying again.

Oakes said to do this air conditioning cleaning once a month.

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