Seeing water leaking from your air conditioning vents can be especially alarming for homeowners. It brings up thoughts of damage to the walls, mold growth and repair costs. It’s among the most common concerns that homeowners have about their HVAC systems, but it’s usually a minor problem that can be remedied quickly with the help of a professional. Here are a few of the reasons that might explain your AC vents leaking water.
Low Refrigerant Charge
When refrigerant levels in your air conditioning unit get low, the unit cannot properly remove humidity as it conditions the air. Low refrigerant levels might indicate a refrigerant leak, or it might just be time for a recharge. The professionals at All Hours Air can help in a hurry, no matter what time of day it is!
Clogged Drain Line
If there is condensation accumulating in the air vent, it might be an indication that your condensate drain line is clogged. This is more likely to cause leaks around the vent if your AC unit is on an upper level or in your attic.
Dirty Air Filter
The AC unit’s air filter is designed to catch dust and dirt before it gets in, but if it is not changed regularly, the filter can clog. This leads to freezing on the coils, and when the frozen water thaws, it can leak from the vents.
Ductwork should be insulated if it’s in an area of the home that has more exposure to elements, like the attic. When it is not insulated, the play of the heat outside versus the cold air inside the duct can cause moisture to build up in the duct. From there, it leaks out of the vents.
There are other more serious reasons your AC might be acting up, but these are a few you should be aware of. No matter the cause behind your AC vents leaking water, an HVAC professional from All Hours Air in the Reno/Sparks area can help. We provide a full range of AC services as well as heating and plumbing services. Contact us today to see how we can help you.