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Our Component Guide to Air Conditioners

So, you’re enjoying a delicious dinner on a hot night with cool temperatures coming from the vents, and all of a sudden there’s a problem. Your AC shuts down or starts making a strange noise and you get to work trying to figure out what the problem is. It’s clear that you’re going to need professional air conditioning repair in Boise, ID, but before you call for help, you’re inclined to at least get a glimpse of the problem.

However, that’s the moment it hits you–that you don’t know about the components of your AC. How can you translate where or what the problem is to a professional technician if you don’t know anything about the components of your air conditioner?

Well, the good news is that our team specializes in diagnosing problems so you don’t need to worry too much about that. But for homeowners that are still frustrated with the gap in knowledge, this blog post is definitely for you!

The Compressor

You’ve probably heard us or other teams refer to the compressor as the heart of the air conditioner. This is true based on how it functions in comparison to some of the other components of an air conditioner.

Your heart is important because it pushes blood throughout your body and fuels the cardiovascular system which allows you to live. The compressor is very similar in that it pumps the refrigerant throughout your air conditioner so that it can perform the cooling process. Without a compressor, an air conditioner can’t cycle refrigerant and it can’t really cool anything, so this is the main reason why compressor repairs or replacements are so expensive. Your AC is basically a giant fan without a compressor!

The Expansion Valve

When refrigerant is running from the outdoor cabinet to the indoor system, it needs to be funneled at a specific pressure which causes expansion. The expansion valve is a nifty part of the system that controls this process so you get pressurized refrigerant that can easily draw heat in from the atmosphere of your home.

The Coils

Your air conditioner has both an evaporator coil and a condenser coil. Both of them do what their name implies, evaporate refrigerant and condense it, drawing and dispersing heat as this happens. The coils are basically where the air conditioning takes place. Anytime there’s a problem with one of your coils, you might see a drastic decrease in the efficiency or effectiveness of your air conditioner.

The Blower System

Once your air conditioner actually cools the air in your home, how does that air get into the rooms and spaces where you can feel it? The answer–the blower system. Your blower system is comprised of a motor that powers a large fan capable of propelling all the cooled air throughout your air ducts and into the rooms of your house. Whenever there’s a strange sound that reminds you of a broken fan, this might be coming from the blower fan of your air conditioner. Luckily, this is an easy component to repair or replace.

Your Comfort Is Our Priority! Call Idaho Heating & Air for convenient AC repairs at an affordable rate.

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