AC Anatomy: Evaporator Coil

AC Anatomy: Evaporator Coil

Your air conditioning system is intricate. It is full of various components that all work harmoniously together to cool your home, but even then, your system is bound to need maintenance every now and then. And, while you may not think knowing the different parts of your AC system is important, it can really help you in the long run! Understanding a little AC lingo can also save you money. For this week’s AC Anatomy lesson, we’re dishing everything you need to know about your air conditioning system’s evaporator coil.

What is an Evaporator Coil Anyway?

The evaporator coil is an essential part of almost any heating or cooling system. Typically found in your AC, evaporator coils are great at absorbing heat as air is passed through. During a hot Florida day, your air conditioner will turn on to cool your home. As it cools, it sends chilled refrigerant inside to an indoor coil. This indoor coil is a series of metal tubes that contains the evaporator coil. As chilled refrigerant is sent inside, the fan motor will be prompted to turn on and will start pulling warm air from the home to the return air duct. The warm air is eventually forced out through the evaporator coil, which will then chill the air while dehumidifying it.

Common Evaporator Coil Issues

Your evaporator coils can face a few common issues that could result in a less efficient AC system. If you experience any of the following problems, be sure to call the professionals at Engineered Air today:

  • Dust and dirt. If your evaporator coils are giving you trouble, dust and dirt could be the culprit. Because all of the air that travels through your home has to pass through the evaporator coils, dust and dirt will be trapped in overtime. This can prevent your system from cooling efficiently, so make sure your evaporator coils are clean.
  • Ice, ice, baby. If you find that your evaporator coils have frozen over, it’s likely a sign of low refrigerant or that something is impeding the flow of air. This could be caused by a lot of different things such as a clogged air filter or a fan motor issue. If this is the case, call a professional right away or your system could be damaged.

We know you like feeling cool and comfortable while you’re at home, so make sure your AC and the evaporator coils are functioning as efficiently as possible. If you suspect there is an issue with your evaporator coil, make sure you call a professional. At Engineered Air, our trained technicians will quickly and efficiently diagnose and assess any problem with the evaporator coil so your home will feel as comfortable as possible. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
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