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Air Conditioner Condensing Unit

Most home or industrial air conditioning systems consist of two major components: the condensing unit and the evaporator unit. As indicated by its name, the condensing unit is responsible for condensing the absorbed air and liquefying it to make it productive in the overall cooling effect of the air conditioning system.

The condensing unit can be found outside of the building or home. Most air conditioning companies or air conditioning contractors would also refer to the condensing unit as the “outdoor unit”. This is the unit that is actually used to cool the temperature of the entire house or building. The condensing unit is used in conjunction with the air handler, which is also commonly known as the “indoor unit”. The two components work together to absorb the air that has been vaporized from the refrigerant or coolant which is inside the air handler. At this point in the process, the condensing unit liquefies the vapor and sends it back through the air conditioning or heating system throughout all the rooms of your house or building. The unit contains essential air conditioning elements in addition to an outdoor fan to evenly distribute the air throughout all the rooms of your home or building to ensure that the air does not blow unevenly room-to-room.

Many people who reside in colder climates feel that it is important to cover the condensing unit during the colder months. However, condensing units are designed in such a way as to resist the cold and endure most temperatures and weather conditions. Your condensing unit will actually benefit from rain, as the rain will help to clean the unit. However, if you live in an area with a climate that has a tendency for hail storms, it would be in your best interest – and the best interest of your condensing unit – to place a hard covering over the top of the unit to help shield it from hail damage.

It is of the utmost importance that the condensing unit is mounted on a level, even surface, such as a concrete slab. In the Fall season, it is also important to keep the leaves raked so as to not allow them to blow into the condensing unit, which could cause functionality problems in the unit. It will also be valuable for you to ensure that any weeds growing around the condensing unit are pulled and not allowed to grow into the unit.

It is imperative that you continually maintain and clean your condensing unit. Being able to troubleshoot for potential problems could protect your unit and save you money in the long-run. In many cases involving the condensing unit, where there are major problems, it will be more cost efficient to replace the entire condensing unit than to repair individual air conditioning parts.

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