Air Conditioners 101 — AC Basics
Many homeowners don’t really know much about their cooling systems. It’s only when something goes wrong that people suddenly have to become experts on air conditioner components and functions, learn what cooling acronyms mean and try to troubleshoot problems. Instead of waiting until something goes wrong, take some time to learn the AC basics so you’re prepared when speaking to an HVAC technician.
Air conditioners are complex machines, but the process to keep your home cooled is fairly simple—evaporation. Understanding how an AC works can provide a foundation to discuss any problems or concerns.
It can be overwhelming to hear terms like SEER, evaporator coil or expansion valve being discussed if you have no background in the heating or cooling field. However, understanding what different terms mean and how they relate to efficiency and comfort can go a long way to understanding the AC basics.
- Air conditioner SEER ratings explained
- Difference between EnerGuide and ENERGY STAR labels
- 4 HVAC ratings every homeowner needs to know
It’s important to call for professional AC service for AC repairs and to schedule yearly tune-ups to ensure system efficiency and safety. However, it can be helpful to know the common AC problems and tips to keep the system running smoothly the whole year.
- Air conditioner running on low refrigerant
- AC blowing hot air
- Check and clean the AC condensate drain
- Reminder: Change air filters
It’s important to have a basic understanding of an air conditioner, so when the time comes for yearly service, emergency repair or whole-unit replacement, homeowners feels comfortable discussing their cooling system with a licensed technician.