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Air Conditioning System Condensing Unit

There are two major elements to all home and commercial air conditioning systems: the condensing unit and the evaporator. In accordance with its name, the condensing unit does just that: it condenses. This particular unit takes the already-absorbed air and liquefies it to transform it to provide the overall cooling effect that is the air conditioning system.

The two major elements of the air conditioner, the condensing unit and the evaporator, are also known as the “outdoor unit” and the “indoor unit”, respectively. The outdoor unit, or condensing unit, is the element of the system that is used to cool the temperature of the building or house. It is used in combination with the air handler, which is part of the evaporator or “indoor unit”. The two elements work concurrently to soak in the air that was vaporized by the refrigerant inside the air handler. When the air reaches this point in the process of being conditioned, the condensing unit liquefies this vapor and then it returns back into the air conditioning system and distributes it evenly through each room of the house or building.

It is vital that the outdoor unit (condensing unit) is supported by a level, even surface, such as a concrete slab. It is important to keep leave raked from around the unit. If leaves or dirt blow into the condensing unit, or if weeds grow uncontrollably in or around the unit, the functionality of the entire unit would be compromised. It is also suggested to place a hard covering on the top of the unit during difficult weather, such as hail or sleet. Some people who live in colder environments think that it is necessary to cover the outdoor unit during the cold months. This is, however, not necessary at all, because these units are designed to resist the cold and to survive in most climates and conditions.

Routine and ongoing maintenance is vital to the well-being of all the elements of the air conditioning system. This is especially true for the condensing unit. Being always aware of the inner working and the condition of your condensing unit could protect the unit and save you money. In most instances with the condensing unit, if there are problems requiring major repairs, it will probably be more cost-effective to replace the entire unit than to repair each individual element. In this situation, it would be suggested to contact a professional for assessment and a plan of action.