The Major Components of an Air Conditioner

Take a look at the main parts of an air conditioners and how they function to keep your spaces cool and comfortable

It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Each part in your air conditioner, however small, works to keep your house cool and comfortable on even the hottest summer days. Knowing what’s inside your AC is the first step to understanding how to keep it in great shape. Let’s get started.


The Main Parts, Explained

Let’s take a closer look at the parts that make your air conditioner tick.

Also known as the “heart” of an HVAC system, the compressor pumps refrigerant through the entire system. You’d know a compressor is broken or damaged if the air blowing into your house is hot. That can mean the compressor is not pumping enough refrigerant through the HVAC system.

Your air conditioner’s indoor and outdoor coils are what actually remove the heat from the air that comes into your house. They all release that heat outside. Keep an eye on your coils: if they become corroded over time, they can end up causing a leak.
Fan Motors
These work to extract heat from the outdoor coil, all the while blowing cool air into your house from the indoor coil. You’ll be able to tell fairly quickly if a fan is broken: if a fan is damaged and unable to blow air, no air will blow into your home.
Control Boards
This is the control center for all the electronic components of your HVAC system. If your air conditioner is failing to power up or is experiencing any electrical issues, that’s a sign the control board is broken.

Keep It Cool

By staying attentive to the components of your HVAC system and how they’re functioning, you’ll be doing your part to make sure everything is working as it should. The result? A cool, comfortable space for you and your family all summer long.

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