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Learning About Your Air Conditioner

You probably have no idea how your air conditioning unit actually works. Most people don’t have a clue how any of their household appliance work. Sometimes that can be a problem. If you need air conditioning repairs or maintenance, it always helps if you have some knowledge and can talk to your technician on near equal footing. Okay, maybe not equal footing, but close. Why not learn about the basic parts of an air conditioning unit so you will at least know what the word ‘condenser’ means.

The Compressor

You are going to be surprised by what the compressor does – it compresses. Refrigerant is kept at low pressure, then the compressors compresses it to a higher pressure. This raises the boiling point of refrigerant to a higher temperature, which makes it easier for the refrigerant to remove heat from the outdoor air.

The Condenser

After the refrigerant have been condensed into a high pressure, high temperature gas, it needs to be cooled off. This is the job of the condenser. Condensers can either be air-cooled or liquid-cooled. They bring the temperature of the refrigerant gas down, and turn it into a liquid.

The Fan

There are outdoor and indoor fans. The job of the outdoor fan is to keep air circulating through the condenser, if it is indeed an air-cooled condenser. This is needed in order to cool the refrigerant. Indoor fans deliver the cool air created by the air conditioner to the home. It blows cool air through air ducts, and delivers it by vent to the individual rooms of the house.

If this all sounds complicated, that’s because it is. This is why it is so important to hire a qualified air conditioning technician when it comes time for repairs or maintenance.

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