Most modern homes are constructed with a “central air conditioning” system to help them stay cool in the summer months. Essentially what his means is your home has a central unit which pumps air through your home using a duct system in your walls and ceilings. This is different from other systems such as window-mounted or standalone air conditioning systems in that a single central system can cool your entire home. As a result they are more expensive to install and replace, but can be far more efficient.
Parts of a Central Air Conditioning System
There are four primary parts to a central air conditioning system:
- Condenser: This is a large metal box located outside your home that essentially takes gas, called refrigerant, from the compressor and converts it to liquid by lowering its temperature to the saturation point
- Compressor: Located inside the condenser, the compressor controls pressure in your air conditioning system by compressing low-pressure gas
- Evaporator: Located inside your home, this unit absorbs heat from your home using the cooled gas before sending it back out to your air conditioning system
- Expansion valve: This controls the amount of refrigerant allowed into the evaporator coil to ensure an even and efficient temperature flow
These parts are all connected by copper pipes that allow the refrigerant to flow in both gas and liquid forms back and forth between your interior and exterior units. This allows for a much greater transfer of heat from inside your home to the outside.
Do You Need a Repair?
Your air conditioning system is not something you should attempt to repair unless you are a trained and qualified professional. However, knowing how one of these central air conditioning systems works can help you understand if your system needs an urgent repair or may be about to experience a problem.
Green Home Solutions is a preferred choice for heating and air conditioning repairs. Since 1994, our Cleveland HVAC services have provided customers with high-quality and reliable repairs from our highly-trained and friendly technicians. We are an authorized carrier of several major brands, including Carrier.
Need a repair or want to find out more about installing central air conditioning in your home? Contact Green Home Solutions today by calling (216) 220-4527 and receive a free estimate!