Welcome to The Maintenance Ear. A place to gather news and insight related to maintenance. This blog post is a pregame introduction of The Maintenance Ear on air conditions. The more developed page article “The 411 on Air Conditions” is where I will continue to add more depth to the discussion through continually adding the best videos, blogs, questions, comments, suggestions, and favorites I can dig up for you on the subject of air conditions.
Air conditioners come in varied types, arrangements, shapes and sizes yet they have much in common. The most common parts (besides the refrigerant) of a/c’s are split in two even if both halves live in one appliance. The two blades of the a/c cool scissor are most often called the evaporator and the condensor.
The “Evaporator” half, often called “the air handler”, most often consists of the a/c filter, evaporator coil, evaporator fan blower, and the air condition plumbing ( smaller High side “gas” larger low side “liquid” made of a special type of copper labeled “ACR” that is joined with special types of silver solder and more recently, specifically designed glues having a very specific method of application), and a metering device.
The Condensor portion usually consists of high and low side copper tubing, condensor coils, condensor fan with start capacitor, contactor, compressor, and the run capacitor. These are the basic components found on or in most air conditions.
All of the above are common components that will be discussed in further detail later on. Other slightly less common components to discuss in the future are, accumulators, hard start kits, access ports, schrader valves, service valves, filter driers, compressor protectors, disconnects, fuses, time delay fuses, breakers, wiring, wire leads, reversing valves, solenoids, condensate pans, condensate drains, and more.
Please post your comments, thoughts, questions, ideas suggestions, and favorite brand and models of air conditions in the comment box.
The question of this blog post, if you choose to answer it, is:
“What is your favorite brand of air conditioner and why?”
My second question is, ” If money was no option what air conditioner would you buy?”
Please leave your clean and clear answers in the comment box below. Thank You.
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