What is an AC Condenser?

The AC condenser works harmoniously with many other parts of your HVAC system to keep everything running smoothly. Knowing what an AC condenser is, how it functions, and how you can keep yours working properly is important to make sure your system is running effectively.

What is an AC Condenser?

Your HVAC system has both an indoor and outdoor system. The outdoor unit of the system is the AC condenser. To put it simply, the condenser works to pass refrigeration gas. By doing this, the gas is cooled before turning into a liquid.

How Does a Condenser Unit Work

The AC condenser works alongside the compressor to cool your home or business. The refrigerant in your system is pressurized into a hot liquid by the compressor to produce cool air and vice versa when you need to system to produce heat. The refrigerant travels to the condenser and passes through multiple coils. As the liquid heats up, some of it escapes through the condenser. By the time it reaches the end of the coils, it is much cooler and also very pressurized. The liquid then travels through a valve, leaving the condenser and turning into a mist. It’s finally turned into a gas as it reaches the evaporator coils. The evaporator coils cool the gas and blow it through the air ducts—leaving you with a comfortable home or business.

How to Maintain an AC Condenser Unit

Because AC condensers are usually located outside, they face different environmental elements than your indoor unit. This also means your AC condenser requires different routine maintenance. A common problem AC condensers face is clogging due to dirt and debris building up in the unit. Lawn clippings and leaves can also cause the condenser to clog, so make sure excess debris doesn’t infiltrate the system. Grass and weeds growing by the condenser can also hinder airflow, so making sure you remove these will help with energy efficiency. Although Florida doesn’t experience harsh winters, covering your outside unit during those few days of cold air can help protect them from ice or leaf accumulation.

Contact Climate Design for AC Repair and Maintenance

Knowing the parts of your AC system and how to check if they are functioning properly is key in ensuring your house is heating and cooling in the most efficient way. If you have any questions about your AC condenser or HVAC system, contact your local professionals at Climate Design today!

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