air conditioner Plano TXIn 1902, Willis Carrier invented the first modern air conditioner. Carrier needed to find a way to reduce the humidity that caused paper to swell and ink to run in the Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing and Publishing Company in Brooklyn, New York. The term air conditioning was coined by a textile mill owner in North Carolina, named Stuart W. Cramer. Cramer conditioned the air in his factory by combining moisture with ventilation. Air conditioning quickly caught on.  Today, two-thirds of American homes have air conditioners. We know that they keep us cool but how many of us know how they keep us cool?  Our experts at air conditioner Plano TX will explain to you that:

  •  Air conditioners use chemicals that convert from a gas to a liquid and back to a gas. This chemical or refrigerant transfers heat from your home’s inside to the outside.
  •  Your air conditioner Plano TX  has three main parts:  the compressor, the condenser and the evaporator. The compressor and condenser are normally part of the outside portion of your air conditioner. The evaporator is on the inside and is sometimes part of a furnace.
  •  The refrigerant enters the compressor as a low-pressure gas.  Here the refrigerant is compressed to pack the molecules closer together, which means it exits the compressor as a high-pressure gas. This gas flows into the condenser and condenses to a liquid, giving off its heat to the outside air.
  •  When the refrigerant leaves the condenser, it enters the evaporator through a narrow tube that causes the flow of the refrigerant to be restricted which causes the pressure to drop and cools the liquid significantly. Air from your return duct is pushed up through the filter and air handling unit by the blower, which allows it to pass over the evaporator coils now filled with cold refrigerant.
  •  As the air passes over the coils, the refrigerant inside absorbs the heat and changes back to a gas. This cooled air then continues through the ductwork of your home. It often takes multiple cycles for your air conditioner to cool your home to your desired setting.
  •  The gas refrigerant now makes its way back to the compressor to start the process all over again.

At our air conditioner Plano TX company, we know that the workings of an air conditioning unit can seem complicated, especially if a technician is telling you about parts you might need and what they are used for. When you call us to repair or replace your air conditioner, we’ll explain what is needed and why with as much or as little detail as you want.  Call us at Chrome Heating & Air Control in Plano, TX at 469-252-0599.

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