Understanding Your Air Conditioner
While the hot and humid summer months are approaching, understanding your air conditioner, including what’s required for inspection and maintenance of your system, can help home and business owners avoid frustration in the event that your air conditioner fails to work efficiently. Surprising to some, the technology behind air conditioners is simple, and a little bit of knowledge goes a long way.
When it comes to cooling your living space, the chemical refrigerant Freon is important. In short, Freon works to transfer heat out of a space. The air conditioner pushes Freon through the unit in cycles, until the desired temperature is met. Also important is the air handler. This is the portion of an indoor air-conditioning unit that moves conditioned air throughout your home or business. Containing a blower, filter racks, chambers, dampers, and several heating and cooling components, air handlers are often connected to a network of ducts that move the air throughout the space and bring it back to the air handler. Without question, the key to maintaining an efficient air handler is to change air filters quarterly.
To better understand the composition of Freon and how it is converted from a gas to a liquid, consider the compressor. When Freon is initially added to the compressor, it is a cool, low-density gas. Yet, to increase the energy and temperature of the gas, the air conditioner compressor “presses” on the Freon. As a result, it becomes a hot, high-density, high-pressure gas. As the gas is transferred to the condenser, the heat is removed quickly. Essentially, this process causes the gas to change into a liquid due to its exposure to the high pressure. It’s helpful to know that the air conditioner compressor is most often located outside of the home or business. Thus, if you find that your air conditioner is running, but your space is not cooling properly, the problem is most likely associated with the air conditioner compressor. While there may be debris causing the breakdown of the compressor, the aluminum fins inside the unit may need to be cleaned. HVAC technicians note that a yearly inspection of your system is the best way to catch these problems before they occur.
Prompt, Courteous, and Knowledgeable Service
As your heating and cooling specialists, the licensed and insured technicians at ClimateSmith, LLC are dedicated to prompt, courteous, and knowledgeable service. When it comes to your HVAC unit, we understand that any problem is a big problem. Thus, if you want to stay cool this summer, call ClimateSmith LLC today.
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Alpharetta, GA 30005