Understanding How Air Conditioners Work

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You may not appreciate the importance of air conditioners until hot summer months come. They are used for cooling buildings by removing heat from the indoor air and moving it to outdoors. The unit has a chemical refrigerant that absorbs excess heat from the house and then pumps it through pipes to the outside coil.

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Understanding How Air Conditioners Work

  1. 1. Understanding How Air Conditioners Work  Brought to you by: www.cascademechanical.com
  2. 2. Understanding How Air Conditioners Work You may not appreciate the importance of air conditioners until hot summer months come. They are used for cooling buildings by removing heat from the indoor air and moving it to outdoors. The unit has a chemical refrigerant that absorbs excess heat from the house and then pumps it through pipes to the outside coil.
  3. 3. Understanding How Air Conditioners Work It also has a fan on the outside unit which is used for blowing air from the house to outside over a hot coil, and a result moving heat from the refrigerant to the outdoor air. The mechanical components that make up an air conditioner include a condenser, a compressor, a blower, an evaporator coil as well as chemical refrigerant.
  4. 4. Understanding How Air Conditioners Work A lot of air conditioners operate based on a split system principle. This is made possible by the condensing unit that is comprised of the compressor, the coil and the fan, and it is located outside of the house. The other part of the air conditioner that makes the split system principle possible is the cold side that is located inside the home and is made up of an expansion coil as well as a cold coil.
  5. 5. Understanding How Air Conditioners Work The furnace usually works by blowing air through an evaporator coil that is used for cooling the air. After it is cooled, it is distributed throughout the house with a number of air ducts. The compressor of the furnace serves as the focal point of its operations and it is controlled by the thermostat.
  6. 6. Understanding How Air Conditioners Work The compressor functions like a pump. It causes the refrigerant to move around the system. It is mainly used for drawing in low temperature and low pressure refrigerant in its gaseous form. When the gas is compressed, the temperature as well as the pressure of the refrigerant goes up causing the gas to flow to the condenser coil.
  7. 7. Understanding How Air Conditioners Work The condenser coil has a series of pipes as well as a fan that draws air from outside across the coil. As the refrigerant goes through the condenser coil and the cooler air from outside goes across the coil, It attracts heat from the refrigerant. This heat causes the refrigerant to be converted from a gas to liquid state, and then the liquid moves to the expansion valve.
  8. 8. Understanding How Air Conditioners Work In the evaporator coil, there are various pipes that are connected to the furnace or handler and they are used for blowing indoor air across the coil. This in turn causes the coil to capture heat from the air. After the it is cooled, it is transferred to the house or rooms in the house through ducting.
  9. 9. Understanding How Air Conditioners Work When the process is complete, the refrigerant goes back to the compressor and the whole cycle is repeated. You will need to observe regular maintenance of the air conditioner if you want to get the best of its service. You should avoid operating it when temperatures are below 55 degrees Fahrenheit since that will spoil the compressor and doing a replacement will cost you a lot.
  10. 10. Understanding How Air Conditioners Work Be sure to check out my website from time for updates on air conditioning , HVAC and more.
  11. 11. Understanding How Air Conditioners Work  Brought to you by: www.cascademechanical.com

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