• Joseph Harris

Things You Need To Know About Your Air Conditioning System


Air Conditioner

If you live in South Florida, having a well-functioning air conditioner is a must. With the expenses of owning and operating air conditioning equipment, you must know more about your system and how it functions to save you both time and money. Read on to learn some basics about air conditioning systems and how to diagnose minor issues and seek professional repair when needed.


What is AC?

The first original air conditioner was created in 1908, and all credits for the design go to a genius named G.B. Wilson. By definition, an air conditioner has the following attributes:

  • The ability to maintain suitable humidity levels in a building or space

  • The ability to supply a constant supply of ventilation and fresh air through a space

  • The ability to remove micro-organisms, soot, dust, and other particulates

  • The ability to efficiently cool a living space

The primary job of your air conditioner is to move hot air from inside your home outward, cooling your living space. Circulated air is cooled by blowing it over an evaporator coil. This evaporated coil is filled with refrigerant, which can change from a liquid to a gas as it absorbs excess heat. Refrigerant is pumped outside the house to yet another coil, releasing heat as it changes back to a liquid. A motor continues to circulate refrigerant back and forth between condenser and evaporator coils while cooled air is forced to circulate through your home by a fan mechanism.


What is a "ton" of cooling?

Long before refrigeration was invented, cooling was achieved by saving large blocks of ice. As cooling machines began to be used, their rating capacity was compared to the amount of ice that melted in a day, which is where the term "ton" came from to size air conditioning.


What may go wrong?

An air conditioner is a very complex system that depends on several conditions to work efficiently. They are sized to meet a certain cooling load, charge, and airflow to meet your cooling needs. If any of these factors change, you can experience problems with your system. If you are uncomfortable dealing with system issues and breakdowns, call an experienced HVAC technician to diagnose and repair your unit, keeping your home cool and comfortable.


What do those filters do?

Nearly every cooling system has a filter placed near evaporator coils. This filter can effectively remove particles from the air stream to keep your air conditioning system clean and free from debris. As your filter continues to grab particulates, it becomes more and more saturated, making it harder for your system to work well. Knowing what type of filters your unit requires and being able to change them out regularly will increase your unit's efficiency and life over time.


What is the role of ducts?

Ducts are responsible for pushing air throughout your home. When they leak or become clogged, they can cause your unit to function less efficiently, resulting in issues with temperature and humidity levels. The inefficiency of ductwork can sap 20-40 percent of the energy out of a well-functioning unit, so keeping those ducts clean and in good shape will allow you to enjoy cool, clean air as it circulates throughout your home.


How can I increase the energy efficiency of my unit?

Doing things such as fixing leaky ductwork, replacing dirty filters, and cleaning condenser coils will do wonders for increasing the life and efficient performance of your unit. While minor maintenance issues can be diagnosed and treated right at home, more significant repairs and maintenance require the expertise of a trained technician.


Tropic Air Conditioning has been improving homes across South Florida for almost three decades. Our caring and committed professionals provide air conditioning service, repair, maintenance, and installation for thousands of satisfied customers each year. Summer swelter can be downright brutal; an efficient air conditioning system is essential for your health and well-being. Contact us today to schedule a maintenance check and look forward to cooler days ahead. Visit www.tropicairfl.com for more information.