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We just chatted a few days ago re: our mice issue and you were gre

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Hi, we just chatted a few days ago re: our mice issue and you were great! I did post a question, but I'd love to get you back. Question: ALL our window unit A/Cs are stored in the basement, aka ground zero of the mouse infestation. Poops everywhere (lysolled of course or those we can find...looong crawl space where the A/C units are. I am an asthmatic and afraid that these mice have gone into the A/C units, or at the very least, that their bacteria is inside them. Must we ditch the A/Cs? Is there a way to save them? I cannot use bleach. THANK YOU
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  airheatman replied 1 year ago.
You should be able to remove the units and clean them with a cleaner specifically designed for cleaning air conditioning coils.ac coil cleaner and disinfectant such as Microban. See link below:https://www.zoro.com/microban-disinfectant-spray-plus-size-1-gal-221522902/i/G1767787/?gdffi=047ada998cf641fa93e55ae8579df863&gdfms=60C3FB03E1BB4405A46715636AFB281F&gclid=CMmUq_76jswCFYE9gQod-EYPoQ&gclsrc=aw.ds
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No can etc.?do. ? I am a cancer patient. This is toxic stuff!
Any other suggestions? Ie; sunlight, Vinegar Etc. And how could one clean an ac unit? Wouldn't it mean entirely dismantling it?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Obviously using some other non toxic cleaner. I'm asthmatic as well. No fumes.
Expert:  airheatman replied 1 year ago.
You could use a milder coil cleaner such as Nu Cal cleaner if you feel the microban is too strong.https://www.zoro.com/nu-calgon-evaporator-cleaner-liquid-1-gal-green-4168-08/i/G1780082/?gdffi=047ada998cf641fa93e55ae8579df863&gdfms=CDEABF02370E43EC9F3F49D4C0FE60DE&gclid=CM_Ou9WRj8wCFYkkgQodKhADZg&gclsrc=aw.ds Other than that yes just diluted vinegar should do a decent job
Expert:  airheatman replied 1 year ago.
You should be able to clean the unit by removing it from it's case.Should not have to completely dismantle
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Will white vinegar kill the hanta virus and bacteria in there? I need to be sure it's safe to breathe.
Expert:  airheatman replied 1 year ago.
Absolutely.Vinegar is one of the best substitutes for bleach in killing bacteria
Expert:  airheatman replied 1 year ago.
Here is an article worth reading:http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/general-homesteading-forums/homesteading-questions/141461-mouse-infestation.html
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Im sorry. Vinegar (as cited in the article you sent) dors NOT kill hanta virus. The CDC says only a lysol type disinfectant or bleach does the job. I cannot use these. Therefore my ac unit is unuseable. I can't use your answer.

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