In order to understand the condenser unit, it is important that we first understand how a split system air conditioner works (for a detailed description, see split systems). In a window air conditioner, there are two coils for circulating the refrigerant that cools the air- one hot and one cold. A split system divides the coils into two separate units, one placed outside (on the roof) and the other inside, usually out of sight. The unit on the outside is called the condenser.
The condenser contains a large fan to blow air through the hot coil and to keep the unit cool. It also contains a weather-resistant compressor, which keeps the refrigerant moving. The advantage to split system air conditioning is that there is reduced noise inside the home and, since the unit is much larger than a window air conditioner, it is more economical.
Due to the fact that the condenser is outside, it is naturally subject to the elements. This is why it needs to be maintained regularly. This is also true for the light-gauge aluminum fins on the side of the unit. They can accumulate a fair amount of dust and dirt. Unfortunately, since these units are normally placed in hard-to-reach areas of buildings, they can be difficult to maintain. Our technicians have the expertise to do the job safely and efficiently.
If your condenser unit stops working correctly or efficiently, it may be because it needs to be cleaned, or it may be an internal problem, perhaps with the compressor. Rainforest Plumbing & Air technicians are trained to repair and/or install condenser units. Give us a call today at (480) 615-7766
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