Air Conditioner Condenser

An Air Conditioner Condenser is one of the most important components to an Air Conditioning System. The condenser is located with the compressor outside the building.

The condenser units take in high-pressure, high temperature refrigerant gas from the compressor and turn it into high-pressure, high temperature liquid refrigerant. The compressor forces the refrigerant vapor to liquefy in the condenser and give off heat in the process.

AC condenser units are grouped according to how it rejects the heat to the medium (surround air). Here are a few condensers units.
- Air cooled condenser
- Earth cooled condenser (Geothermal Heat Pumps)
- Water cooled condenser
- Combination of air and water cooled condenser (Evaporative condensers)
Air cooled condensers are mostly used in a residential air conditioner system and commercial air conditioning unit.

Like so many other things, our air conditioners need serviced. Therefore, a professional service person should be called for almost any maintenance other than routine cleaning. Central air conditioners should be professionally inspected and adjusted before the beginning of every cooling season.
However, don't let your maintenance end with this annual checkup.

In case, if you think you can clean your air condenser yourself, it's neccasary to take some precautions.
Before doing any work on an air conditioning system, makes sure the power to the system, both to the condenser and to the evaporator assembly, is turned off. Both the evaporator and the condenser are sealed.When you open the lid on this disconnect there should be a handle that can be pulled out and in turn disconnects the power supply to the air conditioner. Once you have removed the handle, make sure to shut the lid on the disconnect.

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Dont' forget, routine inspection and maintenance is very important to catch problems early and save on your electric bill. ASAP Heating & Air Conditioning recommend hiring an HVAC technician to inspect and maintain the AC system twice a year

Resource: ehow.com