What Does Your AC Actually Do?

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This might sound like a strange question to ask on an HVAC blog, but it’s one that we think many homeowners need to learn about. After all, nobody really has to learn about how an air conditioner works when they purchase one, they only need to know that it’s going to cool their home. But when a problem arises and they need to invest in air conditioning repair in Nashville, TN, the cooling process becomes the center of the conversation.

So, let’s skip right to the important part. How does an AC work and why does it cool the air in your home? Once you can answer this question (hopefully after reading this blog), then you’ll soon be able to learn more about why certain repair needs pop up when they do. Because of the compressor, a complex fan system, and many electrical connections, your AC needs constant maintenance and care in order for it to truly survive for 10–15 years of diligent service.

Part One: Compression

First, we need to start from the beginning. Your air conditioner compresses refrigerant and this pressure change causes it to shift from a liquid to a gas and vice versa. This shift ultimately allows the refrigerant to absorb heat in one location and disperse it in another. Can you see where we’re going with this?

Your air conditioner absorbs heat inside your home, cycles the refrigerant to the outdoor cabinet and disperses the heat as the refrigerant condenses. This cycle, when repeated enough times with enough refrigerant, can cool an entire home’s worth of air before you know it.

So, whenever there’s a problem with the cooling process at its core, you’re looking at an issue with your compressor, refrigerant, or even both. These can be expensive and complex issues, so make sure you handle them with the help of a pro.

Part Two: Air Circulation

Next, we need to discuss the air circulation aspect of AC. Sure, your air conditioner has created cooled air up to this point, but how does that air get to the rest of your home? With the help of a blower system!

Your air conditioner is equipped with a heavy duty blower fan that automatically sends air jetting through your air ducts so it can end up in the rooms of your home. As long as your air conditioner is running, the fan system should be working as well.

If you’re sure that your air conditioner is still creating cool air, but that air isn’t reaching the rest of your home, then you might have an issue with your blower system or your ducts.

Part Three: Temperature Control

The last part of the cooling cycle is the temperature monitoring. This is done with your thermostat system, but it also utilizes your AC as well. As the temperature reaches where it’s supposed to be, your AC will shut down and await a signal from the thermostat to turn back on again.

So, a system running with improper cycles might be suffering from a problem with an electrical connection or a malfunctioning thermostat.

The pros at Busy Bee Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning Inc. can diagnose your air conditioner in record time. Contact us today. 100% more than satisfied promise!

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