At Air Assault Air Conditioning & Heating, we specialize in air conditioning repairs, installations, and services. We also believe that understanding how your AC system works will let you spot potential problems and help you know when it’s time to call on us for help. Here is a brief overview of three common types of AC systems to aid you in communicating with our team.
Split AC Systems
The most common type of AC system in the U.S. is a split system. The main components of a split system are the evaporator coil, the condenser coil, the compressor, the ducts, and the blower. The evaporator coil removes heat and moisture from the air, and is located inside the home. If you have a split system, you’ll probably find the evaporator coil inside a closet or otherwise tucked away. The condenser coil, which releases the heat from inside out into the atmosphere, will be outside your home.
The condenser coil is housed in a metal case along with the compressor, which connects the two coils and pumps refrigerant between them. Back inside the house, a blower circulates the cool air around the house through a system of ducts. These ducts are often shared between the AC unit and a central furnace, meaning that hot air can be circulated when AC is not in use.
Packaged AC Systems
Another type of AC system is a packaged central air conditioner. These AC systems combine the evaporator, condenser, and compressor into a single unit. If you have a packaged central air conditioner, it will most likely be located on the roof or on a concrete slab near the foundation. This type of system removes hot air from inside your home through ducts in the roof or exterior wall and returns cooled air inside.
Ductless Mini-Split AC Systems
If your home does not have air ducts, it’s likely that your AC system is a ductless mini-split system. These systems consist of units mounted high on the wall, and like split systems, they combine an outdoor compressor and condenser with an indoor evaporator and blower. The separate components are connected by tubing that circulates refrigerant between them.
No matter what AC system you have, any problem that develops is almost certainly a job for professionals. If your system’s performance is suffering, call our team at Air Assault Air Conditioning & Heating to get an expert evaluation and service plan.