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Let’s Learn About the Compressor

Compressors and air conditioners go hand in hand. The compressor is kind of like the engine of the system if you’re comparing your AC to a car. Without it, the air conditioner doesn’t really do much other than blow lukewarm air through the vents of your home. The compressor is the component that turns your air conditioner into an air conditioner, allowing it to actually cool the air that goes through the system. It’s so important that it warrants its own blog post.

Today, we’re going to talk about AC compressors in Warsaw, IN. We’ll talk about what they are, how they work, and why exactly a compressor problem is a big deal. Our hope is that after this blog post, you’ll be ready to invest in the right services to keep your system in good condition, or to replace an old system with a faulty compressor.

What Makes Up the Compressor?

The compressor is located in the outdoor cabinet of the air conditioning system. This is because it makes the most noise and consumes the most energy out of all the other components of your AC, so it’s better off running outside than inside your home. It’s the component responsible for pressurizing the refrigerant in your system so that it can draw in heat and disperse it outdoors.

The compressor consists of a large motor that uses electricity to increase or decrease the pressure of refrigerant while also using that energy to cycle it from inside to outside and vice versa!

How the Compressor Works

The compressor, as we mentioned before, pressurizes the refrigerant in the AC from liquid to gas and back. That process of evaporation and condensation is what draws in or disperses heat. So, when the refrigerant is cycled inside, it evaporates, causing heat to be drawn into it which cools the air around it. Then, the compressor cycles the refrigerant back outside to the condenser, where it condenses into a liquid, cooling down and sending the heat out to the atmosphere around the system. Then, the cycle happens again and your compressor keeps doing this until your home’s air is completely cooled.

Why a Compressor Issue Is a BIG Deal

Notice how we just described how an air conditioner works to cool your home? This is the reason why the compressor is considered “the heart” or “the engine” of your air conditioner: it basically single-handedly cools the air in your home, with the help of the other components in the system. Without the compressor, your cooling system comes to standstill and can’t really cool anything.

So, if your air conditioner is sending out lukewarm air, has shut down completely, or is making strange noises that sound like they’re coming from the compressor, we urge you to call a professional for diagnosis.

Since the compressor is the most important component of an air conditioning system, it’s also the most expensive to repair or replace, so any decision should be made with a professional technician around.

Contact Collier’s Heating & Air Conditioning for help with your compressor. Colliers—A company you’ve grown to trust. 

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