Here in the warmer subtropical climate of Tampa, issues can arise concerning your air conditioner. Knowing the parts of your unit, and basic information can really help with determining how to get your a/c running. Although window air conditioners are still being used in many homes, roughly 85% of Florida homes use central ac. Knowing about your particular unit can save you time, money, and stress in the long run.
The Comfort Authority has put together some information to help you get the most out of your air conditioner.
What type of air conditioning unit do I have?
- Central air conditioners are classified as a split unit or a packaged unit.
- Split ac units are the most common type of unit found in Florida and are made up of two separate parts; the inside and outside units. The outside unit, typically called a condenser, holds condensing coil, compressor, fan motor and other smaller refrigerant and electrical components. For example, reversing valves, accumulators, contactors, capacitors, defrost boards and more. The inside unit, typically called an air handler, holds the blower, evaporator coil, electric heat strips.
- Package ac units combine all working components into one place. Package units are typically located in an outside cabinet adjacent to your home.
What are the parts that make up my air conditioner?
- Compressor – Pump that transports refrigerant between the evaporator and condenser
- Evaporator – Cooling coils remove heat and humidity from the air using refrigerant
- Blower – Fan that dispenses chilled air by circulating air over the evaporator coil
- Condenser – Hot coils release stored heat into outside air from the fan
- Fan – Pulls cool air across the hot condensing coils
Understanding the basic parts of your a/c unit helps prevent unnecessary repairs, but many issues require a professional to diagnose and maintain. Call us at today at (813) 575-6996 for all your air conditioning needs today!