Most homeowners don't know too much about the inner workings of their HVAC system and honestly, we highly recommend leaving the repairs to the professionals. There are advantages to understanding the basics of your system. Sometimes it is helpful that you are able to detect a situation that needs immediate attention, or if it is time to schedule a tune-up to increase the efficiency of your system. Knowing simple facts about your air conditioning will help to ensure your safety and could even assist your technician when troubleshooting for repairs.
Here are the 8 main components of your air conditioner:
- Refrigerant To put it simply, the refrigerant is the substance that makes your air conditioning cold. It will absorb the heat from inside the house and transfer it to outside.
- Compressor The compressor is located in the outside unit called a condenser. This component drives the cooling process. It will compress the refrigerant and push it through the system.
- Fan Motors The Condenser Fan Motor, also located outside, functions by spinning , pulling cool air in from the outside, cooler than the house's air thru the condenser coil releasing the houses warm air outside to the atmosphere. As it does this the refrigerant changes state as it goes back into the house as a liquid.
- The Blower Motor moves the Air around the house by blowing cold air and pulling the houses warm air back to your system inside to be cooled.
- Metering Device When the liquid refrigerant passes through the indoor air conditioning unit, it flows through a valve where the compressed fluid is allowed to expand.
- Evaporator Coil Usually contained within a small box on top of your inside unit. The evaporator coil performs the reverse task of the condenser coil. Once the refrigerant is no longer compressed, it will be turned back into liquid and flushed through these coils.
- Tubing (Line Set) There will be copper lines connecting the indoor and outdoor units. Inspect them regularly for wear or minor damage. One tube will carry refrigerant indoors and the other carries refrigerant back outside to the compressor.
- Thermostat Modern thermostats can be quite intricate, offering automated timed settings. It is in your best interest for maximum efficiency to install a digital thermostat as it is more precise.
Knowing the very basics of your air conditioning anatomy can help alleviate major issues. If you can recognize that a part does not seem to be operating, you will know to call for service. It will also serve to protect you against dishonest companies. Trust the skilled technicians at Level Home Services when your air conditioning isn't working. Our team vows to only perform the necessary work to get your system running as best it can