Watering dripping from an AC vent in your home? No need to panic just yet.
There are lots of things that can cause this to happen, and luckily, many of them are easily remedied. Before you place a call to your local HVAC professionals, here are eight things that could be causing water to leak from an air vent and what you can do about it.
1. Humid Weather
The humid weather certainly isn’t new to us in South Florida, but how does this affect our air conditioners and why does it create dripping water from AC Vents? Ducted air conditioners that are meant to remove moisture from the air may be overwhelmed by the Florida humidity and this could cause leaking AC vents.
2. Low Refrigerant
The Refrigerant in your air conditioner units are meant to keep evaporator coils from freezing over. If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, you could experience a leaky AC vent.
3. An Air Leak Around the Vent
If you see water dripping from around an air vent in your home, do this test first. Simply stick your hand under the air vent and see if you can feel any air escaping from around the sides of the grate. If you feel any air escaping from the sides of the grate, this is likely the case of the excess moisture. All you need to do is caulk the leak to create a seal.
4. Dirty Air Filters
Similar to low refrigerant, dirty air filters can cause evaporator coils to freeze up. If your filter is blocked, the coils will freeze up and your indoor unit won’t be able to pull air in which could in turn melt the ice on the coils. It’s very important that you replace your air filters monthly to avoid issues like leaky ac units.
The air filter is the MVP of your air conditioning system. Without, all of the dander, dirt, dust and excess debris within the air ducts of your system would infiltrate the rooms in your home. But in order for your air filter to stop these pesky particles, it needs to be clean. When air filters become bogged down with too much debris, it can indirectly cause water to drip from the vent by causing your air conditioner to freeze up. As the ice melts, the condensation can drip down and out through the air vents.
Check your condenser unit and see if it is frozen over. If the ice is minimal, change your air filter and resume using your system as normal. If the ice is substantial, turn your air conditioner off and place a call to your local HVAC company.
5. The Condensate Drain Line Is Clogged
A clogged condensate drain line can cause water to accumulate within an air vent. If you’ve checked numbers one and two, take a look at the condenser unit and see if the drip pan is full or overflowing. If so, the condensate drain line is likely clogged.
6. Damaged Drain Lines
This may be self-explanatory, but drain lines are meant to drain the air conditioning unit. If these are damaged, you may notice puddles. This could be a simple fix with a quick service call. If you think this is the issue you’re dealing with, please contact us.
7. Broken Drain Pan
Similar to drain lines, the drain pans can be an easy fix for our expert AC technicians.
8. Faulty AC Installations
Lastly, faulty AC installations. We’ve seen these many times and when an AC isn’t installed properly, drain lines, insulation and drain pans can become problematic.
There are ways you can fix a clog yourself. Check out our how-to guides:
Is Water Leaking From Your AC Vent? Contact Engineered Air
For when you’d rather leave the repairs to the professionals, call the team at Engineered Air. Our trained technicians will detect what’s causing your air vent to leak water and fix the problem quickly and efficiently. Your home’s comfort is our top priority, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us today by phone or our website.
Your air conditioning system is one of the most significant investments you’ll make for your home, so it’s imperative that it’s properly maintained and installed correctly. Call us today at (855) 830-2292 if your cooling system needs professional attention. We service all of South Florida including Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Wilton Manors. Let us inspect your unit to ensure that it is operating at optimum efficiency.