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Dissecting Your Air Conditioning Unit

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An air conditioning unit is an important part of life for those who live in the sunshine state. Understanding how your AC unit works will help you realize how important air conditioning maintenance is to ensure an efficient and long-lasting system. AC units are used not only to cool the air in your home or office environment, but it also helps remove pollutants from the air and improves indoor air quality. They are able to keep the temperature at a constant comfortable level, without the addition of too much or too little moisture in the air.

The Main Components Of An Air Conditioning Unit

You’ll find that your AC unit is often “split” into two components. One inside of your home that consists of your evaporator coils that cools the air and your filter that ensures that no dust particles or pollutants taint your indoor air quality. The outside component has your condensing coil, fan and compressor. This is where the hot air taken from your home gets released outdoors in exchange for the cooler air that the evaporator coil cools.

  • Compressor

    A compressor is able to alter the state of your refrigerant in order to cool your home. It’s a crucial part of the cooling process as it acts as the go-between between your evaporator and your condenser. It is able to transform the evaporators low pressure gas into an acceptable high temperature gas for the condenser.

  • Condenser Coil

    The condenser coil, located outside your home in a split system HVAC, cools down the high pressure gas that is sent to it from the compressor and changes it back into a liquid. The condenser ensures that heat is removed from the refrigerant. From here the liquid travels to the evaporator coil.

  • Evaporator Coil

    The evaporator coil is connected to the condenser but can be found in your home’s interior. The liquid that is sent from the condenser coil can be found here, the constantly decreasing pressure in the evaporator coil ensures that the liquid is changed into a gas. Your refrigerant will ensure that the gas is sufficiently cooled. Your evaporator coil will absorb all the expelled heat from inside of your home and transfer it back to the condenser to repeat the cooling process.

  • Fan And Air Handling Unit

    This is split into two components, one indoors and the other outdoors. Your fan can be found outdoors and it expels the heat from your home via the condenser coil. Your air handling unit can be found indoors and utilizing your ductwork, it disperses cool air throughout your home.

  • Filter

    Filters play an important role in the overall usage of your AC system. Without filters you would have a lot of dust, debris and allergens in your home which will affect your indoor air quality. Filters can be cleaned or replaced depending on your specific preferences.

  • Thermostat

    Your thermostat enables you to adjust your ac system temperature to levels that you feel comfortable with. It will ensure that your specific room or household will remain at your selected temperature by constantly testing and regulating the temperature in your room. There is a large variety of different programmable thermostats available on the market.

Beat The Heat

If you’re unsure about the way your air conditioner is operating, don’t hesitate to give our friendly team at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric a call. We’re able to repair, replace or maintain your air conditioning unit to give you a refreshingly comfortable escape from the Sunshine State’s heat.


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