The part of your air conditioner that sits outside of your home is known as the condenser unit. In the traditional split-system air conditioning system found in most homes, the indoor unit contains the evaporator coil and blower fan, components which help refrigerant to change from a liquid to a gas and absorb heat from your home. Outside, heat is released with the help of a few key components, which we’ve detailed below.
Refrigerant leaves the indoor portion of your air conditioner as a low-pressure gas and first makes its way into the compressor. The compressor is a mechanical device that increases the pressure of the refrigerant, a process that allows refrigerant to continue to cycle through the system and that makes the refrigerant very hot. This complex device is subject to a lot of wear and tear, particularly if other portions of the air conditioner are not working properly. If refrigerant is too low, for example, this part may struggle to complete its task and become overworked. It’s important to schedule repairs whenever necessary to avoid damaging the compressor.
At the condenser coil, heat dissipates into the air as refrigerant condenses into a liquid. Heat releases into the air with the help of the condenser fins, and refrigerant moves back indoors to continue the refrigeration cycle. This coil may run into problems if the condenser fins are bent or if the coil is too dirty. Both of these problems may be caught during regular air conditioning maintenance.
The heat exchange process could not occur without the help of the outdoor fan. The condenser fan sucks in outside air and blows it over the condenser coil, which helps with condensation. The same fan helps release heat from the condenser to the outside air. The fan is run by a motor that may become clogged with debris or need replacement. You should make sure to clear any debris or vegetation away from this unit, as it may block airflow.
For more information about air conditioning services in Seattle, contact the knowledgeable technicians at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning today!