You may have noticed sometimes on a hot and humid day, vapor will come out of your vehicle's vents when you have the air conditioning on. Is that something to be concerned about? Well, it depends.
Sometimes that steam or vapor can be caused by water accumulating in the vent system after it has condensed. And sometimes water can pool at the bottom of a vent. When you turn on the blower mower, the air hits the water and may create steam or vapor that you can see in the cabin.
One thing to check is if that vapor smells like anything. If it doesn't, that's a good sign. You may be able to run the fan for a while and the issue may just go away when things dry out. But moisture collecting in the ventilation hoses in a hot vehicle may be a breeding ground for mold, and that can have health consequences.
There's another possibility. Ventilation systems often have drains to get rid of any accumulated water, and debris can sometimes clog them. A technician can clean out those drains and you'll be back in business.
One thing to nose around for is a sweet smell coming out of your vents. Sometimes the heater core (a component of your vehicle's heater system) can develop very tiny holes. That sweet smell may be coolant that's been vaporized by those tiny holes entering your cabin.
It's always a good thing to mention to your service advisor any abnormality you're seeing—or smelling—in your vehicle. By venting a little about your vents, a technician can get to the bottom of the problem before it starts "clouding" the issue.
Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Lincoln
1525 Pine Lake Rd
Lincoln, Nebraska 68512
June 13, 2021
There is a clear and vocal demand in Lincoln and nationally for a reduction in air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. This is what is driving the Nebraska market for alternative fuel vehicles. There are a number of these vehicles on Lincoln area roads today, and many more being develo... More
June 6, 2021
Most people don't love going to get their vehicle serviced, but it's one of those things you just have to do. So you might as well get the most of out of it. There are some steps you can take that will likely help you get the best results possible. For one thing, it's important to describe your p... More
May 30, 2021
Can you think of anyone who enjoys aging? Wrinkles where you don't want them, gray hair, eyes that won't focus any more, no stamina. Believe it or not, your tires age, too, and they don't get better the older they get. And here's the important thing to know, even if they can still pass a tread... More