Here at A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning, we love to educate our customers. Since kids are getting ready to go back to school, we figured we would get “Back to Basics.” We want to best inform our clients of what we do and how we can help. In this series, we will address different parts of the air conditioning unit.
There are four main components to an air conditioning unit. Each plays a significant role in cooling and maintaining the temperature in your home or office.
The first part is the Evaporator. The evaporator receives the liquid refrigerant. The evaporator is also known as the cooling coils.
First, what is refrigerant? Refrigerant is a fluid solution typically used for cooling a unit.
Additionally, there is also a fan that is associated with the evaporator. The fan blows the cool air from the evaporator into the room.
The next important portion of the air conditioning process is the condenser. The condenser is also referred to as the hot coils. The condenser is in charge of facilitating the heat transfer, from inside the home to the outside. There is a fan associated with this part also, similar to the evaporator’s job.
In between the evaporator and the condenser, is an expansion valve. The expansion valve has a crucial but simple job. It simply regulates the flow of the compressed refrigerant to the evaporator, for the cooling process to begin.
Once the refrigerant is in the evaporator, the liquid changes states of matter. It changes into a gas. That’s where the next part of the cycle comes into play. The compressor is a pump that does just that. It compresses the refrigerant back into a liquid to start the process all over again.
[Did you know: Air Conditioning not only cools your home or office but if working correctly, can condition your home, with the appropriate filters and fans.]
There are many different small components, attachments and valves in an air conditioner, but these are the main four. These main parts are in most air conditioners, no matter what type or brand. Stay tuned for next weeks post about different types of air conditioning units.