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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Compressors, what's the deal?

The air conditioning compressor is one of integral parts to system. It can be compared to the human heart, as it circulates Freon throughout the system. Without the ac compressor, the system would not work properly. Not only does the compressor circulate the freon throughout the system, but it also pumps it under high pressure in order for the system to work properly as well. The compressor takes electrical energy (electricity), and converts it into kinetic and heat energy.

There are many types of compressors, but only a few are used in residential air conditioning. The most common type is the Reciprocating Compressor. This type of compressor comes in two types. They are the Open and the Hermetic Compressor. The Hermetic compressor gets it's name because it is hermetically sealed from the outside air. This can be accomplished by fitted nuts and bolts which hold it together. The other method of sealing these compressors is welding them shut. This is why you must replace the compressor if it fails, instead of having it repaired. The larger commercial compressors are considered Semi-Hermetic because they can be opened up for repairs by unscrewing the nuts and bolts which hold it together.

So, if you ever wonder why your ac company only recommends replacing your compressor instead of fixing it, this is usually why. As always, you want to keep your air filter clean at all times. This is one of the most common reasons for compressor failure. Regular filter changes can extend and even save the life of your compressor. Please contact us if you have any questions, anytime. When it's hot keep your cool, call AirCool.