Familiarizing yourself with the air conditioner’s primary parts can help you have a more basic understanding of how it works. When you know how the air conditioning system operates, you are better equipped to troubleshoot problems or know when the issues are a little more complex and require a pro. With this in mind, the basic elements of the cooling system are what we at Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning would like to list today.
Main Parts of an Air Conditioning Unit & System
Air Ducts: To receive the air-conditioned air in the individual areas and rooms, the treated air flows through a tunnel of metal or fiberglass tubing known as air ducts. These ducts need to be properly connected and sealed to ensure your cooling system is efficient and not losing money.
Blowing Unit / Air Handler: Working together are the air handler and blowing unit so it can draw the room air to the evaporator and spreads the cool air over your home. The cool air dispersal is distributed throughout the home with the aforementioned ducts.
Compressor: The air conditioner’s motor is the compressor, in simplest terms. Through the compressor, a working fluid, also known as refrigerant, this substance transforms from a liquid into a gas and back into a liquid easily. This substance will transform into a low-pressure gas into a high-pressure, high-temperature gas by the compressor. To allow it to travel through the gap regions between molecules that get narrowed down, the gas is energized from the process. It then enters the condenser as the energized gas or refrigerant leaves the compressor.
Condenser Coil: With the use of the fan equipped to the condenser coil, the high-pressure gas gets cooled down to be converted back to a liquid form. In its liquid state, the refrigerant moves onto the next part of the air conditioner. The compressor and condenser are located in the outdoor unit.
Evaporator: The evaporator is found inside the home, often near the furnace. The condenser is linked to the evaporator with a very thin pipe. The now converted low-pressure liquid from the high-pressure gas after it enters the evaporator. The liquid is altered into gas as a result of the decreasing pressure in the evaporator. The heat is absorbed from air due to the working fluid, or refrigerant, coming out of the evaporator leaving the indoor space cool. The working fluid comes out of the evaporator and becomes compressed through the compressor in the form of a gas. During the process the refrigerant does not get used up but continues on an ongoing cycle.
Thermostat: Depending on the thermostat, manual or programmable is a necessary device that works with the cooling system. As it regulates the heat energy flowing inside and outside of the air conditioner system it is designed to control and maintain the temperatures.
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