When temperatures are at an all-time high in the summer, and your AC starts blowing out warm air instead of cool air, there’s a good chance that you will pick up the phone to schedule an HVAC contractor to head to your home in order to resolve the problem. Circleville Heating & Cooling would love to serve as your local heating and cooling professionals! But during your wait, what should you do? First, it’s important as a homeowner to understand how your air conditioner functions and the different parts that make up your cooling system. Your air conditioner functions as one complex system, but it is derived from multiple components that function together to keep your home at comfortable temperatures successfully. As a homeowner, the following information may just prove beneficial to you!
What Are the 7 Components Your Air Conditioner Is Made Of?
- Thermostat- This one is at the top of our list as it is the component most easily recognized by homeowners. The thermostat is essential to control your home’s HVAC system and temperature levels. With the use of various buttons and settings, you can operate your home’s airflow according to your preferences.
- Air Filter- Air filters are often overlooked, but they are pretty significant in their functionality. Before cool air is distributed throughout your ducts, it is passed through your system’s air filter. This is where pollutants and airborne particles are filtered out of the air. This process is beneficial as it protects your HVAC system from loose debris, provides sufficient airflow, and enhances your air conditioner’s efficiency. Not to mention, adequately filtered air plays a huge role in your and your family’s health and well-being.
- Evaporator Coil- The evaporator coil is positioned inside your air handler or near it. Cooling refrigerant is made to flow through your AC system just before it enters the evaporator coil; then, it is reduced to a lower temperature. When this happens, warm air within your house is received by the AC and blown over the cooled evaporator coils, which in return absorb the heat.
- Blower Fan- Next, the blower fan is located right behind the evaporator coil. This is because when the previously mentioned warm air is drawn into the cooling unit and cooled down, the blower fan does its job by blowing the cooled air out from the system. At this point, your house’s temperatures will drop for a more comfortable setting.
- Compressor- The compressor is a component that moves along the refrigerant from the copper tubes to the evaporator coil and then to the outdoor condenser coil.
- Condenser Coil- Your system’s refrigerant is carried through the condenser coil that is located in the outdoor unit, which then takes the received heat from within your home and ejects it outdoors.
- Expansion Valve: The final component to be addressed is the expansion valve, which is located between the evaporator and condenser. As a result, when the refrigerant changes from gas to liquid form, it no longer absorbs heat. So, the purpose of the expansion valve is to expand the refrigerant into gas form. This is accomplished by the valve applying a bit of pressure. Then the gaseous cooled refrigerant goes back into the evaporator coils, where the A/C cycle is repeated from beginning to end.
Hopefully, this has assisted you in better understanding all the different parts of an air conditioner and how it all works together. So, if anything should occur with your cooling unit, you can now understand a little more about each component of your system. And remember, we take pride in offering emergency services 24/7, 365 days a year. So, if anything happens to go awry, your service professionals at Circleville Heating & Cooling will be there in a jiffy! Call today at (740) 218-5323, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!