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Essential Tips for Understanding How Air Conditioners Work

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What You Should Know About Your Air Conditioner

The general public has wondered for quite some time now, how an air conditioning unit works. Whether your goal is to be able to service your AC unit without the help of a professional or you are just intrigued by how it is able to cool down your home so efficiently, experts are prepared to share this information with the public.

However, once you have acquired said knowledge, don’t make the mistake of thinking you no longer need a professional’s hand in repairing your unit. There are professionals in this industry for a reason and you could end up paying even more money in repairs if you try to do it yourself. Continue reading below to learn the answers to FAQ's regarding your air conditioning unit.

How an AC Unit Works

ac parts John Henry'sAir conditioning units work tirelessly for people's convenience throughout the hot summer months. They sit outside all year round and weather the storms as they come and go. It may come as a surprise that there are really only four key AC parts that make up your air conditioning unit.

It can be difficult to pinpoint the problem sometimes though because all the pieces work together as one. That is why only knowing what the parts are and how they work isn’t enough to be able to fix a unit on your own. You could still end up causing more harm than good in the end.

That said, the four key components to every ac unit are:

  • The Refrigerant
  • The Evaporator
  • The Compressor
  • The Condenser

The evaporator coil is what usually causes issues at the beginning of the season because it is the piece that is most exposed throughout the winter months.

Putting It All Together

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The refrigerant is the component that when guided through the three parts within the AC unit, transforms into cool air and flows throughout your home. The refrigerant is located within the evaporator coil and is sent to the compressor where it heats into a vapor.

Once it leaves the compressor, it is then sent to the condenser where it is introduced to the air outside and this air absorbs the heat from the vapor.

This heat gets absorbed because the heat rises from the condenser. At this point, the refrigerant vapor that’s left is cool and is guided throughout your home. This process continues to repeat until the desired temperature on the thermostat has been reached.

Why You Need the Help of a Professional

pro help John Henry'sAC units seem simple when you look at the moving parts within them, but when you open one up and take a closer look, there are numerous different wires and circuits throughout the unit. All of which help the air conditioner run at up to 3,500 watts.

This is something that can easily end in electrical shock if someone untrained tries to repair a problem. An air conditioning professional has the training and experience to fix your AC unit without anyone being in any harm of electrocution.

Not only that but getting your unit serviced yearly will save you money in the long run because a professional tradesman will catch problems before they even occur.

John Henry’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Works Hard For You

The experts at John Henry’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning have been proudly serving the Lincoln community since 1996. They care about you, that’s why they work hard to provide award-winning service and flat-rate pricing every time.