In this blog series, we’ll be examining the various parts and functions that make up your air conditioning unit. Hopefully, you will develop a better understanding of how these parts cool your air and how you can keep them running smoothly.
In this blog specifically, we will take a look at your AC’s evaporator.
What does an evaporator do?
In most air conditioning units, the evaporator is located inside the top of the system and made of many coils. Refrigerant enters the evaporator from the condenser in its cool, liquid form.
Once the liquid refrigerant enters the evaporator, it is met with low pressure. Because of this low pressure, the liquid refrigerant turns into a gas. This gas then absorbs heat from the air surrounding it.
This absorption of heat, therefore, cools the inside of your home. From here, the gas refrigerant returns to the condenser to repeat its cycle.
Why is the evaporator important?
Without the evaporator, it would be impossible for your air conditioning system to cool the air in your home. By turning the refrigerant into its gas form, the evaporator allows the refrigerant to absorb the heat within your home.
Maintaining your evaporator
It’s important to remember that your evaporator works very hard to keep your home cool, and it often requires a bit of maintenance to run smoothly. The first step is keeping the evaporator clean since the coils can trap dirt which can, in turn, prevent the absorption of heat. This should be done throughout the year even in winter. Moisture on the evaporator can freeze and limit efficiency.
If you notice your air conditioner isn’t cooling properly, contact a professional HVAC technician at Richmond’s Air to schedule an appointment. We offer both maintenance and repair services to keep your home comfortable all year long.