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Here's How Your Air Conditioner Works

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The Basics of Your Air Conditioning Unit

As people progress into a world full of do-it-yourselfers, learning how an air conditioning unit works is one of the most circulated questions in the HVAC industry. People around the world are adamant about learning new things as well as saving the extra buck whenever possible.

However, just because you are given the information to know how the moving parts of an air conditioner work, doesn’t mean you should skip out on calling in a professional when your unit is in need of repair or maintenance. This is still a job for those certified in the field. To learn the answer to a couple FAQ's and about the different parts within an air conditioner, continue reading.

The Different Parts That Make up an AC Unit

Although there aren’t many parts involved in the makeup of your AC unit, repairing an air conditioner isn’t as easy. There may only be four key parts involved in a working air conditioner, but repairing a unit is a different story.

Nonetheless, the four key parts of all air conditioning units are:

  • ac partsEvaporator Coil
  • Compressor
  • Condenser

And of course, the fourth and arguably most important part is the refrigerant that gets the entire system going.

All four parts work together to bring your house to the temperature you desire, but without proper care from a professional, the life expectancy of your AC unit is cut tremendously.

The Purpose of Each Part

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Each of the four parts plays a vital role in the efficiency of your air conditioner. It can be difficult to know where a problem is located due to the fact that all these parts work together as one continuous motion.

Basically, the refrigerant lives in the evaporator coil. It is from here that the refrigerant travels to the compressor and is heated into a vapor.

The refrigerant now carries heat toward the condenser where it is exposed to the outside air. The heat then rises from the condenser and is absorbed into the air, leaving only the cool refrigerant vapor behind. Only then is the cool air guided throughout your home.

This is a process that continuously repeats itself until your home reaches the temperature set on your thermostat. The thermostat can be seen as the fifth part of an AC unit because without it, the unit would continue the process until it was physically turned off.

How a Professional Can Help

pro helpBefore you run outside and venture into the center of your AC unit, stop and think of the risks you could be facing. Not only could you make one wrong move and ruin the entire system, but you could potentially get hurt pretty bad and even electrocuted. In fact, most injuries related to DIY repairs are from electrical shock.

This is because although there are only a few parts that keep your AC unit going, there are many wires and other small components that can quickly get confusing and put you in a dangerous situation. Always call a trained tradesman to look at your unit before you decide to try and repair it yourself.

City Plumbing Is Here for You

At City Plumbing, they understand saving money is a top priority for most people. That is why they offer flat-rate pricing and a satisfaction guarantee. Their technicians care about the livelihood and safety of all customers and there to keep your AC unit running smoothly for years to come.