Part Info of the Day: Compressors
What they’re for and how they’re used
Today’s word of the day brought to you by ProMag Energy Group is compressor. Compressors are among one of the most fundamental parts of your air conditioning unit and because they are one of the main components to your system, it is crucial that you know a little about it and what it does. Unfortunately compressors are also the part that may cause you the most problems. Something else to keep in mind is that almost all problems with compressor systems need to be repaired by a skilled air conditioning specialist like the ones here at ProMag.
What Does a Compressor Do?
The order that air (more specifically coolant) travels through your A/C goes: compressor, condenser (warm air out), metering device and finally evaporation (cold air out). So ultimately the compressing is the very first step to manufacturing cold air. The compressor takes in refrigerant (coolant) which arrives in the compressor as a low pressure gas and then the compressor starts doing its job. It applies pressure (compresses) to the coolant. Applying that amount of pressure to the coolant raises its energy level and makes it very hot. That hot air then releases into the condenser. After that, the hot gas pumps through the condenser and then continues on its journey through the system to create cold air.
Where Can This Part Be Found?
Compressors can be found next to their condensers in the unit that is outside of your home or office. For this reason it is vital that you keep leaves, sticks and other debris from getting lodged in your unit. Keeping an eye on it and spraying it down with a hose to get any of that loose objects out of there should help keep your unit in good working order.
What are Common Problems Associated with Compressors?
If you ever have trouble with your air conditioning unit be sure to give one of our licensed and bonded A/C technicians a call today for an expert opinion. The fact is, there are many many problems associated with the compressor systems and its motor. The compressor is a very important part of your air conditioners cooling capabilities and it is the main culprit to most air conditioning dilemmas. Often times, if your A/C is running but no cold air is coming out, if the system is turning on and off very frequently, if the motor won’t start at all, or if the compressor overheats it is likely your compressor system that is causing the problem. All of these problems require a professional repair. We here at ProMag want you to know as much about your appliances and systems as possible, we believe that that will help you make a better future decision regarding your HVAC system.