Our 2004 Camry has a mold problem in the ventilation system. I've tried the spray in disinfectant/deodorizer and replaced the cabin air filter every year but it keeps coming back and getting worse each time. In addition, I found an animal (mouse?) nest above the cabin air filter this year. How could an animal get in there? It seems that the air intake is from the grill under the back side of the hood. Holes there are too small. Really, I'd like to be able to clean the AC out so it drains better, because I think that is the main issue.
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Re: How do I clean out mold from 2004 Camry AC?
Molds occur from accumulated dust which thrives in the moisture of the AC and multiplies in between use of your AC. Cleaning molds off your car differs a little from removing molds on your house's AC. It only takes a little more work and patience due to the compact nature of the car's AC. Most likely that you have not yet eliminated all of the molds when you had it cleaned the last time. Check out the evaporator, the coils under the dashboard. If you can have it removed have the unit removed and have it cleaned. Then you can go at the vents to remove the remainder. At times you may have to use a scrub on the vents (not on the evaporator) to get all the molds out. You may use a mold remover in doing the cleaning. For the evaporator a pressure wash would give it a thorough clean. Have it tried before assembling the unit. I would also suggest to use natural mold removers or mold killers to be sprayed on once in a while especially if you live at a humid or damp climate.
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The AC system requires horsepower so it may cause a jerk if the following is present, the idle speed control system is fouled up with gunk and slow to respond to the load change. I suggest you clean the idle speed control valve and the throttle valve with spray throttle valve cleaner and see if that helps.
bleach. spray it on and leave it.. make sure you have good ventilation and never mix it with anything else. if the tiles have caulking around them then you will probably have to get a grout tool to remove it and then re-grout. good luck
The smell is typical of older Mazda aircon. Purchase an aircon cleaning spray which is discharged into the aircon system by selecting recirc , cloing the windows for 5 minutes . This cleanses the system which is probably contaminated with bacteria. Recharging your air con will help as well. The smell is due to evaporate condensed water mixed with sludge and bacteria .
This smell is caused by mold and mildew build up in the AC air passages and on the heater and the AC evaporator cores in the dash, u can spray LYSOL mold and mildew remover into the system at the air intake in front of the windshield with the blower turned to max, use about 1/4 can, then turn off the system and let it sit for an hour, then turn it back on with full heat, let that run to dry out the chemical, this will cure the smell short term until the mold and mildew grow back, it is a fix we did often in the shop, the wetter the climate u live in the worse the problem
You either have a heater core issue or what is real common an all cars is you may have a mold issue on the AC evaporator that is burried in the dash ductwork. If this is the case all manufactures have a cleaning process that requires partial disassembly to allow a spray wond to spray a mold killer into the problem area.
Usualy this problem happens because you keep your AC on automatic mode or you always run you AC and never give you vents time to dry out.
If the smell can be desribed as say a locker room type smell then this will be your problem. If it is a mold issue it can cause health issues if your suseptable,
If the smell is sweet and your loosing coolant then it will be a heater core issue
Mold and mildew builds up in the system from moisture in the air, dealers have chemicals they spray inside the ducting to kill these molds and mildews, the service runs about $100, there is no permanent fix, this will need to be done from time to time as req'ed, a short term fix is to spray Lysol into the heating/AC air inlet at the base of the windshield, run the blower on high and set to outside air, spray in about 1/2 can and then turn of the system and let it set.
there is a lot of air condition cleaning products on the market I use one in particular in my own vehicle that is a grenade type spray bottle that you break the top off Turn your AC full blast throw the spray bottle in the car close the doors and leave it for about 20 mins . This cleans the vents and any mould that is in the system.
Hi. The smell is due to water accumulation in the outside ventilation chamber every time there is a rain, or you wash it, water will get in it, no matter what you do, unless you got the car garaged, of course. Replace the cabin air filter, and remove the grill underneath the windshield wipers and vacuum it. That's the best thing you can do.