Summer is in full swing and your air conditioner is probably on most of the time, especially if you live in the Houston area. It’s often taken for granted, but your air conditioner is full of intricate working parts that all function together to help keep us comfortable despite the blazing heat outside.
One of those critical parts is the condenser – without it your HVAC unit would not be able to release the heat it absorbs from the air in your home.
Continue reading to learn more about the condenser, how it works, and how you can keep it running smoothly.
What’s the Condenser?
Your HVAC system works to cool the air, in part, by absorbing heat in your home and then releasing that heat into the outdoor air. Your condenser is the part of your system that’s responsible for releasing the heat, so it’s typically found in the outdoor unit.
When liquid is turned into a gas, heat is absorbed. This is the basic function for how your air conditioner works to cool. Liquid refrigerant absorbs the heat in your home through the evaporator. Once the heat is absorbed, the refrigerant turns into a gas; however, to cool the room, the heat must soon be released outside.
This is where the condenser comes in.
Once the gaseous refrigerant is put under pressure, the extra heat can be released as the refrigerant returns to a liquid. The condenser works to release this extra heat into the outdoors.
Maintaining Your Condenser
Your AC condenser is made up of a motor, fans, tubes, coils, etc. and each of these parts can malfunction. One of the easiest ways to keep your condenser running smoothly is to clean it regularly. Since this part of the unit is outside, debris can easily build up.
We recommend using a water hose to spray down your condenser about once a year.
It’s also key to make sure that debris stays well away from your outdoor condenser. Regularly clear leaves, grass and other debris for a smooth-operating unit.
If you’ve made sure your condenser is clean but are still experiencing problems, it could be time for some repairs. Richmond’s Air is dedicated to serving the Houston area. We offer both maintenance and repair services to keep your home comfortable. Contact us today to see how we can help or to schedule an appointment.