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20 Jan. 22

How to Prevent Condensation on Air Conditioning Ducts

Condensation is a fairly common issue with ac system ducts. Long-term condensation causes a variety of issues with your air conditioning system. Condensation is commonly seen as water drops accumulating on the outside of air conditioning ducts and vent openings. In severe cases, it can also form small water pools on the flooring and other areas of your home. If not addressed quickly and properly, this poses a health risk and necessitates costly repairs.

What Causes Condensation in Air Ducts?

The main causes of condensation in your a/c ducts are temperature differences between the air outside and inside the duct, improperly sealed AC ducts, and a lack of insulation around these air ducts.

Ductwork sweating can also be exacerbated by factors such as:

  1. Ducts that have become clogged
  2. Excessive moisture in the home or attic
  3. Air filters that are dirty

What Causes Dripping Air Vents?

Water drips from your AC’s ductwork due to condensate drain issues. The condensate drain system’s function is to collect wetness removed from the air and dispose of it in a drain. A water leak can occur when: the drip tray drips
Dirt, algae, or minerals have clogged the condensate tube.
The evaporator coil, which freezes on hot days, begins to thaw.

Is it possible for too much insulation in a home or building to cause condensation?

Condensation can occur when there is too much insulation in some cases. This is due to the fact that insulation warms your building’s interior. Warm air tends to hold more moisture, making the inside of your building more humid. Temperature changes allow the structure to become cooler in the evening. This causes the air inside to cool and release moisture, resulting in condensation.

Effectively Insulating the Ducts

Wrapping your a/c ductwork is a good way to keep condensation at bay. The inner layer of duct wrap is foam insulation, and the outer layer is foil. Cover it easily around the air conditioning duct and secure it with duct tape near the joints.

Is it Possible to Reduce Humidity in Your HVAC System?

Here are some methods for preventing condensation on air ducts:

Make an effort to reduce the humidity in the air near the air ducts. If you want to reduce condensation, you can use a dehumidifier.
Choose fiberglass or other insulating materials for your ductwork instead of metal. If you have metal ducts, make sure they are properly wrapped in fiberglass insulation.
Repair leaking ductwork as soon as possible.
Unclog any clogged ducts and have them cleaned on a regular basis.
Clean your air filters on a regular basis and replace them every three months.
Call us today for more information on how to stop duct condensation or to schedule an expert a/c repair or maintenance service with us.

We specialize in Air Duct Insulation and Replacement at Newport Plumber; contact us for a free consultation. We’ll assess your system and make recommendations for the best value. After all, we want you to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Simply schedule an appointment with one of our technicians to discuss how we can assist you with your thermostat settings. Would you like to learn more about the options available to you from our technicians? Please contact blocked drain newport experts.