How Does An Air Conditioner Work?
Although you use your air conditioner to blow cool air into your home, the appliance actually works by removing the heat from your environment.
The outdoor component is often referred to as the condensing unit. It contains the fan, condenser coil, compressor and refrigerant. The indoor component may be located in a closet, attic, basement or garage. This unit contains the blower motor, evaporator coils and circuit board. A filter is installed in the furnace or on the return air vents.
The compressor moves refrigerant back and forth between the indoor and outdoor units. Inside your house, hot air is sucked into the return air vents. As it moves over the evaporator coils, the air loses heat and moisture. The blower then propels the cooled air through your ducts until it flows out of the supply vents. Where does the heat go? It makes its way to the condenser, which releases it outside.
All of these parts work together to keep your atmosphere cool and comfortable. Even if only one component malfunctions, cold air usually stops blowing. Trying to handle the situation yourself could make things worse. A professional HVAC repair expert can pinpoint the problem and give you advice on whether it’s best to repair or replace your air conditioner.
Preventing Air Conditioner Problems and Repairs
Air conditioners aren’t made to last forever. They typically last from 10 to 20 years, depending on the brand. However, you can take steps to make the most of your unit and minimize the need for repairs.
Changing the filter regularly is one of the easiest ways to maintain your system. You can do this yourself. You can also keep pollen, dirt, twigs, grass and sticks away from the outside unit.
Performing regular preventative maintenance is another way to keep everything operating well. Although you might be able to check on some components yourself, remember that there are a lot of elements that make up your HVAC system. A trained repair specialist has experience in inspecting these parts.
A service contract will ensure that your system is inspected consistently. We’ll check your equipment periodically so that we can catch any small problems before they become major issues. Performing a minor repair is usually preferable to doing major work on your equipment. If you need a major repair, you might find that it’s more cost effective to replace the entire unit.
Don’t make these decisions alone. Let us take care of your air conditioning system so that you can keep your cool throughout the year.
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