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How Does Air Conditioning Actually Work?

goettl-techniciansAt Goettl Air Conditioning Las Vegas, we install, tune up, and repair a lot of air conditioners all throughout the year. Yes, your heater is still a very important system, but no one will claim that it gets an equal amount of time on the playing field as your air conditioner does. Because whole-house air conditioning systems are such a regular part of everyday life,  it’s a bit surprising that more homeowners don’t fully understand how it is that the air conditioning process really works.

When you hire a professional air conditioning contractor in Las Vegas to install your AC, you can count on it reliably pumping cool air into your living space. Unlike a heater, which generates heat by which to heat, an air conditioner does not somehow “create” coolness. So how does that air that blows from your vents feel so cool, then? This is what we’ll explore today, as we discuss the mysteries of your home cooling system and its performance.

How It Works

Okay, so “mysteries” may be a bit of an overstatement. In fact, the cooling process is relatively simple in theory. Not in practice, so it is vital that you always leave your AC services to qualified professionals, but yes, the concept is simple. Basically, your air conditioner would be nothing but a fan were it not for the refrigerant that it uses to facilitate the cooling process.

Without the refrigerant cycle, air conditioning as we know it would be impossible. Like we said, ACs don’t generate “cool” the way that heaters generate heat. What you’re feeling when you feel the air coming from your AC is actually the absence of heat. It is the refrigerant in the system that allows for this.

The Refrigerant Cycle

Refrigerant is a heat transfer fluid, and it can easily change its state from a gas to a liquid and back again. This is integral to the refrigerant cycle and the cooling process in general. Your air conditioner has two coils that it uses to cool the air in your home. In the indoor coil, or the evaporator coil, the refrigerant is evaporated. That allows it to draw heat out of the passing over it. The warmed refrigerant then travels outside to the condenser coil, where it is condensed in order to release its heat into the air outside. This cycle is continued over and over until desired temperatures in your home are met.

Refrigerant Leaks Are Serious Problems

Because the refrigerant in your air conditioning system is crucial to the cooling process, low refrigerant levels are especially problematic. If you have a refrigerant leak, your system is going to have to work harder and harder to cool your home effectively.  That really takes a toll in terms of wear and tear. You’ll be paying more for a lesser performance from your AC, and your system is at a much greater risk of suffering damages. If you suspect a problem with your AC, refrigerant leak or otherwise, contact us right away.

G-O-E-T-T-L it’ll keep you cool, but it’s hard to spell.


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