A condenser is a heat exchanger. Through cooling, a condenser will condense a gaseous substance into a liquid state. When this is done, the existing contained in the gaseous substance is released into the surrounding area.
You can find condensers in air conditioning units, refrigerators and in steam plants and distillation. If you have a machine or device that releases cold air then it most likely has a condenser.
Hence why the back of some air conditioning units and refrigerators are usually warm or sometimes hot. Condensers are not only used in these household machines, they can be huge like those used in power plant process industries.
Condensers are a useful source of heat especially when they are needed in low temperatures.
Condensers are wonderful and useful machines, therefore we will be discussing them in this article. We’ll be talking about what a condenser is, how they work, and how they are installed.
Condensers should not be installed without professional help; however, we want you to understand the process and know what goes on behind your refrigerator or air-conditioning unit.
The condenser is what condenses vapour into the cool liquid that produces the cool breeze associated with AC units and refrigerators.
How Do Condensers Work?
Condensers work through three main steps.
- The indoor coil is circulated by the evaporator. This is how it absorbs the heat.
- The vapour is then moved to the condenser. This is the process that leads to cooling.
- The vapour is cool and chilly and then it is released. It is then turned back into its liquid state for the process to begin again.
If you have noticed, air-conditioning units often do not have a condenser inside the home. An outdoor system or an indoor-outdoor system is recommended. This is when the head of the unit is inside the building and the back of the unit is outside. It is important that the area the condenser is located has good air supply, air flow and can absorb the heat. This only works effectively if the condenser is outside.
Now that we know what a condenser is, it is time to discuss the installation process.
- Selecting the location – Although it may not seem very important, the location of the condenser is extremely vital. Even though you want the condenser to be located outside, it should not be directly under the sun. This will simply make it heat up unnecessarily faster. You want to place it under a shade however, watch if you have huge trees or dying trees as you do not want dead branches or barks falling on top of your condenser and damaging the condenser. You also want to make sure it is placed on a composite deck or a concrete pad on the ground. The condenser needs free flowing air when it is in use so although you want it to be covered by shade, you do not want the airflow to be restricted. Finally, the condenser should not be near the reach of pets or children because they can be dangerous.
- Installation – The installation process needs professional attention because the unit will have to be off for some time so the condenser is installed. This entails the removal of the old condenser, the fixing of the new condenser and reconnecting the systems in the unit. Safety is of paramount importance to us which is why we advise that condensers are not installed without professional help.
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