How Does an Air Conditioner Work?07/18/2016 The temperatures are hitting record numbers throughout the states and most homes are running some type of air conditioner to beat the smoldering heat. While we are all grateful that your air conditioner runs, the experts at Twin Air LLC in Manassas would like to inform you how it works. The Basics There’s plenty of science behind keeping your home cool. Your air conditioner functions in a comparable way to your refrigerator, however your AC has a more difficult job to handle. Both your fridge and AC cool with a reoccurring loop of refrigerant, in your air conditioner this refrigerant loops from inside to outside your home. This refrigerant quickly alters from a liquid to gas and back to a liquid again. It enters your home as a sub-cooled liquid and as it evaporates it absorbs heat from your indoor air and expands back into vapor. This vapor then moves back to your outdoor unit where the heat is released and is then condensed back into a sub-cooled liquid. Four Components There are 4 core components to your air conditioner unit: a compressor, an evaporator coil, the condensing coil and an expansion valve. The evaporator coil is where your refrigerant evaporates from a sub-cooled liquid into a super-heated vapor. This component can be established inside your home, in your garage or sometimes in your attic. Warm air moves through the cold evaporator coil and the heat is taken from the air. This cooled air is then transferred throughout your home. Your compressor is located in your outdoor condensing unit. The super-heated vapor from your evaporator coil goes into the compressor which raises the pressure of the vapor until it is converted into hot, high pressure vapor. The hot vapor then goes back into the condenser coil where less hot outdoor air flows across the coil, heat is released outdoors and the refrigerant is converted back into a sub-cooled liquid. This sub-cooled liquid is then returned to the indoor evaporator coil and through an expansion valve or metering device. The process is then repeated. That accomplishes your physics lesson of the day…your air conditioner runs on an endless loop of science. We know that it’s not as crucial to you how it works, but that it’s working. If you’d like to talk about staying cool and comfortable in Manassas give us a call at 703-754-1062 or set up an appointment using our online scheduler. With the help of our team and science we’re going to make it through this sweltering summer.