It’s almost that time of year that we yearn for all winter. When you step outside and the sun hits your face causing you to squint and sweat, the time where you’re more thankful for an ice-cold lemonade and air conditioning. So, before we are ever so thankful for that air conditioning, let’s learn about what it does. How does the AC work? AC’s work to cool a home by absorbing and discharging the heat. Warm air moves across the AC’s evaporator coils where the coil’s refrigerant absorbs the heat. The refrigerant changes the cool liquid to a hot vapor that cools the air. This vapor travels to the condenser where it becomes a liquid and the heat is released out the outdoor unit. What are the different types of Air Conditioners? Central air conditioners – use both outdoor condenser and an air handler indoors. Ductless mini-split air conditioners – use individual air handlers installed strategically throughout the home that connect to the outdoor unit to provide cooling. Common AC Repairs Refrigerant leaks – lines transporting refrigerant through the system can leak. This means refrigerant spills leaving less pressure working to complete the cooling. This can be fixed by having a maintenance man come out to fix the leak. Drainage problems – Your AC contains a condensate drain line. It is not unheard of for these drains to be clogged or damaged. A maintenance man fix this with ease to clear the clog or repair the drain. Frozen condenser coils – These can freeze up and keep your system from cooling. This might happen when there is poor airflow caused by dirty filters or debris on the outdoor unit. A maintenance member can come fix this so your machine will work properly again. Measuring Air Conditioner Efficiency AC efficiency is measured in SEER which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This is calculated by dividing the unit’s cooling output over an average season by the amount of electric energy. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the AC is.
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