What is an Air Conditioning Condenser?
When air passes through the air handler, heat is pulled out of the air and transferred into the refrigerant. The refrigerant is then pumped into the air conditioning condenser as a warm, low-pressure gas.
The gas entering the air conditioning condenser first passes through the compressor. The compressor increases both the temperature and pressure of the gas. This causes the heat to start to dissipate into the air.
This hot gas then passes into the ac condenser coils. As the refrigerant passes through the coils, the condenser fan blows over them so that more heat dissipates. As the gas cools, it is turned into a liquid and is pumped back into the air handler.
What the Air Conditioning Condenser Isn’t
The only job of the air conditioning condenser is to pump refrigerant. Many people are confused by the fact that the condenser has a fan with air blowing out and think it pumps air out of and into the home. The air being blown out of the condenser is simply from the fan that it uses to cool itself — there is no connection to the home’s duct system.
How to improve ac condenser performance!
Heat naturally flows into cooler areas. The bigger the temperature difference, the faster it flows. To help improve your ac condenser’s performance, you can lower its temperature and the temperature of the surrounding air by shading it with a tree or bushes. Leave at least 18 inches of space for air flow and maintenance access.