Given the heat that is synonymous with Florida’s climate, the air conditioner (AC) is no stranger to the Floridian home. In fact, it is most likely one of the most treasured possessions. Yet most people don’t understand how their AC works, and how to identify when there could be a potential problem. An air conditioning technician from Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric shares insight on how the coils on a AC unit work, and signs of a potential problem.
Your AC is a designed system that uses a refrigerant (or coolant) to absorb heat from the air, and then carry and release the warm air outdoors. The refrigerant continues this cycle until enough heat is removed from your home so that the indoor air temperature reaches the temperature selected on the thermostat. The evaporator and condenser coils work together to keep the cooling cycle running smoothly.
These panels of tubes are lined with fins, thin pieces of metal that bring the passing air closer to the coils. A combination of compressors, low-pressure liquid refrigerant and valves allows the evaporator coil to work effectively with optimum energy efficiency.
Once the refrigerant absorbs the heat from the home with the help of the evaporator coil, the air travels outside through a copper tube into the condenser unit. It enters the compressor where it is put under pressure and transformed into a hot, high-pressure gas. The fan blows over the condenser coils so that the inside refrigerant loses heat, allowing the AC enough time to release the heat from the home.
The heating and cooling continues as the refrigerant changes from a hot gas into a hot liquid and flows back through a copper tube, into the home and into the expansion valve which is located near the evaporator coil.
In order for the evaporator and condenser coils to work effectively, they need to be kept clean at all times to maintain effective air flow. Failing to look after your AC system can result in ineffective heat absorption and cooling capacity, higher energy use, and higher pressures and temperatures.
There are some obvious signs that should raise suspicion that your AC either has a problem – or could have one soon.
Routine AC maintenance is one of the easiest ways to prevent a large problem from developing. Maintenance will keep your evaporator and condenser coils, along with the rest of your AC system, running smoothly – so that you can stay cool every day. If you are already experiencing a problem with your AC, call a professional for an emergency AC repair so that you don’t need to withstand Florida’s heat unnecessarily.
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