Centralized air is a great basic commodity that many of us are familiar with. We all have air conditioners in our homes and it’s a common habit to switch up our system’s settings on the thermostat daily. It’s normal for us to think of the air conditioning system as one big complex machine, and while this is true, there are several integral components that all function together as a team to work together smoothly and provide us with our daily comfort. At Loveland Heating & Air, we think it matters for homeowners to know and understand the seven air conditioning components that are crucial for an air conditioner to function. It may not seem necessary to you now, but by doing so, this knowledge can equip you to pinpoint potential problems with your system before things really start to act up.
What Job Does the Thermostat Have?
The thermostat is the component installed on a wall within your home. It is easily accessible and commonly recognized as an AC component. The thermostat functions as the system’s main controller, which displays a series of buttons to control certain settings using its control panel.
What Job Does the Evaporator Coil Have?
The expansion valve transfers cold refrigerant to the evaporator coil. This refrigerant moves through the evaporator coil, taking and removing any heat in the process. The evaporator coil’s location is on the inside of the air handler or near it.
What Job Does the Blower Fan Have?
The blower fan’s job is to work alongside the evaporator coil so as to allow room for cool air to be blown over the coil. After this is completed, the chilly air is sent through your ducts and distributed around your home.
What Job Does the Air Filter Have?
It is normal for airborne particles and contaminants to be in the air we breathe. Of course, this can take a toll on the health and well-being of all those who reside in your household. So, to counteract this, your AC system has a filtration component that weeds out unwanted airborne particles. Then, before the AC distributes cool air to your ducts, the air passes your system’s air filters to promote higher air quality in your home.
What Does the Compressor Have?
The compressor transfers the refrigerant from the evaporator to the copper tubes and onto the condenser coil. Because refrigerant is in the form of vapor form beforehand, the purpose of the compressor it to convert it into a hot liquid form.
What Job Does the Condenser Have?
At the point the refrigerant arrives at the condenser coil, it jumps into action removing the heat, then releasing it outside. The condenser’s location is outside.
What Job Does the Expansion Valve Have?
The expansion valve is located right between the condenser and evaporator. The refrigerant that was transformed into a liquid now can no longer absorb heat. So to fix this, the refrigerant goes into the expansion valve, where a drop of pressure is applied and converted to gas form. The now gaseous form is then quickly chilled and transferred to the evaporator coil where the air conditioning cycle once again starts back over.
Understanding the seven components of your air conditioner system and staying familiar with how it functions can absolutely have benefits for you later on. Don’t forget; if any issues or concerns come up with your AC unit, your Loveland Heating & Air family is ready and here to help you in any way we can! Call today at (513) 216-5913, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!