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All the Necessary Parts

By on February 25, 2014 in Blog, Cooling Systems, Homeowner Tips with 0 Comments


Knowing the Functions of AC Parts Will Help to Make a Sound Investment

When you purchase and install a window unit, it’s easy to assume that an air conditioner is just one piece. Compact, easy to lug around and not complex.

The truth is, air conditioners are systems—intricate components connected to one another for the purpose of cooling or warming your home. Each piece serves a different function, and to take it away would be detrimental to the system. Knowing the terminology and how air conditioners work helps, but a basic knowledge of the system’s parts will serve you well in your search for the best air conditioner for your home.

Air Conditioning Parts to Know

Air Conditioner: The air conditioner itself is located outside your home. It’s the large, loud, square unit adjacent to the house. It contains the condenser coil and the compressor—both integral components of your system—and a large fan for removing excess heat.

Condenser Coil: The now-heated contents of the evaporator coil cycle through the outside unit, or the condenser coil. Once there, the condenser’s large fan removes excess heat while a compressor re-cools the refrigerant and sends it back to the indoor unit’s coil.

Compressor Coil: This device returns the hot gaseous coolant mixture to its cooled liquid state, then sends it back to the evaporator coil in the house.

Ducts: In order to cool your home, air needs to be collected, removed and altered in a cyclical manner. Ducting strewn throughout your house will remove air from the interior, submit it to the air conditioner for cooling, and return it to the interior for your comfort.

Evaporator Coil: To cool the air inside your home, it first passes through the indoor unit’s evaporator coil. The liquid refrigerant contained within cools and dehumidifies the air before sending it back into the house. Meanwhile, it sends the condensation outside via a drain.

Drains: A series of condensation trays and drains collect the excess moisture removed from your home’s air in an evaporator coil, then relocates it outside the house.

Knowing these basic components, you’re now better prepared to make a sound investment in a new central air conditioning system.

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