Your air conditioner is a surprisingly complex piece of equipment: cycling refrigerant through a series of valves and coils that first reverts it to a liquid (bleeding heat out into the surrounding air) then turns it back into a gas (which pulls heat from the air before allowing it to be blown into your home). Air conditioning in Brentwood, CA and other nearby cities is going to be more important than ever this summer, as we head towards what may be record-breaking temperatures. In light of that, the more you can understand about the individual components in your air conditioner, the more quickly you can respond when something goes wrong with them. This article is going to focus on one of the most important air conditioning components: the compressor.
This part of the system consists of a condenser valve connected to a series of compressor coils. The refrigeration process begins here, as refrigerant gas enters the valves. There, it is subjected to a huge amount of heat and pressure before moving it into the coils. The heat bleeds off from the coils, which turns the gas into a liquid, though it’s still under a huge amount of pressure. (From there, the liquid can move to the evaporator array, which sends set amounts of the liquid into the evaporator coils in a manner similar to an aerosol can.)
That process is vital to the air conditioner’s ability to function. Your unit needs a specified amount of liquid to enter the coils in order for the process to work. Otherwise, ice will form on the evaporator and the air conditioner won’t be able to cool your home effectively. Those kinds of problems can often begin with the compressor. If the motor is broken, the valves are leaking or the coils can’t do their job, then the wrong amounts of refrigerant become liquefied and the whole process is affected.
The cooling experts at JW Heating & Air can handle difficulties with all of the important air conditioning components, including the compressor. If you’re having trouble with your air conditioning system in Brentwood, and suspect that the compressor may be involved, give us a call. You’ll be glad you did!