What Is an AC Condenser?

Your air conditioner is made up of many intricate parts, working together to keep your home cool. All these parts are vital to your home’s comfort, but none have a more important job than your AC’s condenser unit. Often referred to as “that big noisy thing outside my house”, your condenser is responsible for cooling the air that gets delivered throughout your house and keeps your home feeling comfortable in the summer. But what exactly is a condenser and how does it work?

At Engineered Air, we are dedicated to bringing you the best quality service possible as well as keeping you informed. That’s why we have put together everything all homeowners should know about their AC’s condenser unit.

How Does My AC’s Condenser Unit Work?

Your condenser unit works by pulling in air from the outside and using refrigerant to cool that air. It then blows the air throughout your house to keep you comfortable. Your condenser uses a compressor to keep you cool. The compressor is responsible for pressurizing a chemical coolant into a hot liquid. This heated liquid them travels through the coils of your condenser. The heat escapes through the condenser fins as cool air moves inside the unit. A motorized fan blows the cooled air through the ductwork, delivering the air throughout your home.

Does My Condenser Unit Need Regular Maintenance?

Yes! To ensure your condenser is working its best, you should have annual or bi-annual maintenance check-ups from an experienced technician. They will make sure that everything is running properly in order to keep your home comfortable. In between these visits, it is important to ensure that your condenser is free from any debris that damage the unit. Since your condenser is outside, leaves, branches and sometimes even animals can get stuck inside it. Clean your condenser regularly to keep it working its best.

What Are Some Common Issues With Air Condensers?

There are many types of problems your condenser unit may face, and most are caused by lack of regular maintenance. Some of the most common issues with your condenser unit include:

  • Loud and strange noises
  • Refrigerant leak
  • Bent fan
  • Not producing cool air
  • No longer filtering air

If you experience any of these issues with your condenser, your best course of action is to call an experienced technician. They can prevent a small issue from turning into a costly issue.

For all your air conditioning needs, call the trusted professionals at Engineered Air. We have the skills and tools to fix your AC problem the right way, the first time. After all, at Engineered Air, your comfort is our #1 priority.