Central air conditioners provide efficient and thorough home cooling. They also filter pollutants and clear the air in your home. Understanding how central air conditioning works and performing routine care and maintenance can help you save money and keep your air conditioner going strong.
When your home thermostat signals for cool air, the air handling unit draws in air through a network of ducts from various locations in your home. The air is then sent through a filter that removes pollutants. A refrigerant runs through copper tubing between the three main components of an air conditioner, the condenser, the evaporator, and a compressor. The condenser and compressor may be located outdoors, while the evaporator is housed in the air handling unit indoors. These components may also be contained together in one unit on the ground or on the roof of your home.
Cleaning your central air conditioner can help keep it running efficiently. Refer to your system's owner's manual for specific instructions. Before working on your air conditioner, always disconnect its power source. These troubleshooting tips can help you solve some common air conditioning problems:
These are just a few things that can happen with central air conditioning systems. Your owner's manual may provide detailed instructions for basic repairs. When int doubt, it's time to contact a professional repair service.