You probably don’t know about the inner workings of many of the systems you use every day, and to be honest you don’t really need to. However, there are certain parts of certain systems that you should know about, if only because they have such an enormous effect on the entire system. The air conditioner compressor is one of those parts. Read on to find out what the compressor does for your air conditioner, and why you should care.
What Is the Compressor?
The air conditioner compressor is a pump designed to propel refrigerant gas from the evaporator coil to the condenser coil outside. When the evaporator coil evaporates refrigerant to absorb heat from your home, it sends the gas to the compressor. The compressor then compresses the refrigerant gas to shoot it down the line to the condenser coil, where it will be condensed back into liquid to release the heat.
The compressor is partially responsible for the rhythm of the entire air conditioner. It is the compressor that keeps everything running smoothly while the air conditioner is operating, and the pace consistent. So, if a problem affects the compressor it often means bad news for your entire system.
If a compressor becomes damaged in some way, it will throw off the entire system. The most common manifestation of this is short cycling, a behavior in which the air conditioner turns itself on and off every few minutes. If the compressor is not fixed, it could break down completely and need replacing. The problem is that the compressor is so central to the operation of the air conditioner, and therefore quite expensive to replace, that it is often cheaper to replace the whole system. So, be sure to call for repairs if you suspect a problem with your compressor.
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