Wintertime and AC line frosted & dripping water in basement?



Front doors can leak air and money. Did you know a gap of only 1/8th of an inch under your door can let as much cold air into your home as a 2 inch hole punched into your wall? With no insulation on your front door some 10 per cent of your home’s heat can be lost to the outside.


Frost King is one-stop shopping when it comes to insulation for every door and window in your home. For the underside of your doors, you can easily find the correct door bottom, threshold or door set to keep dust, cold, bugs and dirt out of your home. For the edges of your door, Frost King foam tape will fill any gap on any door. Finally, for those small fix ups, the Frost King fingertip caulk line of products can plug any...

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Drip, drip, drip… Uh-oh, did you wake up to water leaking from the AC vent in the ceiling? The most common sign of your AC leaking water is water stains or yellowing on your ceiling near the air vents – not a good look!

7 Common Causes of Water Dripping From AC Vent

While it is concerning when your AC vent is leaking water (or when anything inside your home is leaking), fear not. Learn the most common causes and how to fix them here.

1. Air Leaking Around the Vent

The easiest thing you can do to fix water leaking from your AC vent is to reach up and feel for any air escaping from around the sides of the air vent. You want to look for air escaping from anywhere besides the grates.

If this turns out to be your problem, you’re in luck! You can head over to the nearest home improvement store and purchase caulk to seal the leak.

2. Clogged Condensate Drain Line

If water has accumulated within the air vent, you may have a clogged...

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As the winter approaches, you may be wondering if your outdoor air conditioning unit needs protection from the elements. The answer is, yes it does! Falling leaves as well as snow and ice can get into the condensing unit and cause damage. So how should you cover an air conditioner for winter? First we’ll tell you why it needs protection, and then we’ll get to how to cover an air conditioner for winter safely so that you don’t make matters worse.

Why cover your outdoor air conditioner in winter?

Here’s why it needs protection, and why it’s important to know how to cover an air conditioner for winter the right way:

Dried leaves and flying debris can get caught in the sensitive fins of your outdoor air conditioner’s condenser coil. When that happens, it won’t be able to release heat to cool your space. Leaves and dust can cause a big problem; besides knowing how to cover an air conditioner for winter, you must also know about cleaning the coils before the cooling...
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Frozen water pipes are a serious risk during very cold winter weather. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands and can exert pressure at over 2,000 pounds per square inch. This pressure is enough to rupture almost any pipe filled with water, which provides no place for the ice to expand. A burst pipe can spill several hundred gallons of water per hour, and that equates to thousands of dollars of damage to your home. Pipes are most susceptible to freezing when they are located:

in an outside... a cabinet under a sink (especially near an outside wall).in an unheated crawl space or basement.

If your pipe is frozen but not yet ruptured, you must thaw it right away. There are a few thawing techniques to try, depending on where the frozen pipe is located.

Warning: Never use a blow torch or other open flame to thaw a pipe. This presents a serious fire hazard and can damage the pipe....

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Plumbing maintenance issues change with the seasons. In the winter, things get particularly interesting, as two elements come together: water and sub-freezing temperatures. The cold season means your pipes–as well as any other household systems that consume water–are at risk. In addition, family habits change during the winter. As people spend more time inside, water consumption rises, putting an extra load on pipes, drains and water heaters. This winter, protect your property and your family’s comfort by following these plumbing maintenance tips.

Frozen pipes are a plumbing maintenance issue every winter here in the Chicago area. It’s a very justified concern. Nationwide, some 250,000 Americans experience property damage every year from flooding caused by ruptured pipes. A mere 1/8-inch crack in a water supply line can be a plumbing disaster that inundates your home with 250 gallons of water per day. Although water freezes under controlled conditions at 32 degrees, the...

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It wasn't trendy, funny, nor was it coined on Twitter, but we thought change told a real story about how our users defined 2010. Unlike in 2008, change was no longer a campaign slogan. But, the term still held a lot of weight. Here's an excerpt from our Word of the Year announcement in 2010:

The national debate can arguably be summarized by the question: In the past two years, has there been enough change? Has there been too much? Meanwhile, many Americans continue to face change in their homes, bank accounts and jobs. Only time will tell if the latest wave of change Americans voted for in the midterm elections will result in a negative or positive...

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