In order to provide comfort indoors from about May through September, people are reliant on the air conditioner, especially living in the Vegas Valley. The air conditioner can last longer in optimal condition and significantly reduce the need for repairs with routine maintenance and care. Understanding the basics can help people better care for and even help recognize potential problems when it comes the standard operation of the air conditioning system. Today, we at Hal Mechanical would like to discuss the basic parts of an air conditioner to better understand them.
What are the Major Components of an Air Conditioning System?
Condenser Coil: The high-pressure gas is cooled down and converted back to a liquid form in order to fit into the condenser coil via a fan. Now in its liquid state, the refrigerant moves onto the next the part of the conditioner through the evaporator. The compressor and condenser can be found housed in the unit outside the building.
Compressor: The motor compressor is the simplified term when it comes the air conditioner. With the use of working fluid, also known as refrigerant, the compressor converts low-pressure gas into a high-pressure, high-temperature gas as it easily transforming from gas into a liquid. The process produces energized gas from the gap regions between molecules that get narrowed down. Coming from the compressor is the refrigerant that enters the condenser.
Evaporator: Usually found in the inside of the home, the evaporator is close to the furnace. Connecting the evaporator to the condenser is a very thin pipe. The high-pressure gas converts into low-pressure liquid in order to enter into the part of the cooling system. Due to the decreasing pressure in the evaporator the liquid is altered into the gas form. The heat is absorbed from the air as the working fluid, or refrigerant, comes out of the evaporator to leave the indoor space cool. Next, in the form of a gas, the refrigerant comes out of the evaporator. As the refrigerant does not get used up during the process, the continues on an everlasting cycle.
Air ducts: The air ducts are a series of metal or fiberglass tubing funneling the air to dispense the cool air into the individual rooms throughout the building. The air ducts need to be tightly connected and sealed in order to ensure cost-effective and efficient cool air dispersal. Should they leak prior to it reaching its destination, the cool air you paid for is lost.
Thermostat: Depending on the type of thermostat, there are features that can be set manually or automatically. The thermostat is a necessary device that regulates the heat energy flowing inside and outside of the air conditioner system to maintain and control the indoor temperatures.
Air Handler/Blowing Unit: With two components working in tandem, drawing room air to the evaporator and spreading the cool air all over your house. With the assistance of the ducts, the air is equally dispersed throughout the home.