Your air conditioning system contains several indoor and outdoor components
that are all connected to deliver cool air throughout your home. One of
the main outdoor components you’ll encounter is the condenser unit.
This device typically sits near an exterior wall of your home, sometimes
on a concrete slab. While you probably walk by your condenser unit every
time you do yard work or take your dog outside, do you ever consider what
it actually does?
When troubleshooting air conditioning issues, a little knowledge goes a
long way. Being able to identify issues connected to your condenser can
help you keep your AC running smoothly and efficiently. Here’s everything
you should know about your AC condenser unit.
What Does a Condenser Unit Do?
Put simply, a condenser unit is a device that condenses a gas into a liquid
through cooling. Within your air conditioner, refrigerant comes into the
condenser unit after leaving the compressor as a hot vapor. The condenser
transforms the refrigerant from its warm gaseous state back into a cool,
high-pressure liquid. The cool liquid is then sent into the evaporator,
where it evaporates into a cool, low-pressure gas and is blown through
a fan, into your home. This is followed by warm air that cycles back into
the compressor, where the process beings all over again.
What Problems May Occur With My Condenser Unit?
Your condenser unit has a big job to, so when something goes wrong with
it, it could mean trouble for your entire air conditioning system. Here
are some common AC problems linked to the condenser unit:
Leaking refrigerant: Leaks can occur in the line connecting the condenser unit to the evaporator.
When a refrigerant leak develops, it can compromise the efficiency of
your entire air conditioner and put your equipment at risk of damage.
Direct exposure to refrigerant can be harmful, so if you detect a leak,
be sure to call an AC professional to take care of it.
Loud noises coming from unit: Because you condenser unit is located outside, it is exposed to more elements
than the indoor components of your AC are. This means leaves, twigs and
other debris can easily become lodged inside the device. If you hear a
rattling sound coming from your condenser, it’s likely being caused
by trapped debris. You can easily access the inside of the unit to check
things out, but make sure the power supply is completely shut off first.
Dirty condenser coils: Just like your air filter, ducts and evaporator coil, your condenser coil
can become dirty, compromising its performance. When a layer of dirt forms
on your condenser coils, it may cause the unit to trap heat instead of
releasing it. This will cause your AC to blow warm into your home.
Condenser Unit Giving You Trouble?
While some condenser related problems are an easy fix, others require the
expertise of a professional HVAC technician.
The Phoenix Air team will have the issue efficiently diagnosed and solved in no time.Give us a call or schedule an appointment