Replacing your central air conditioner can be quite expensive. There are two main components to your unit. The evaporator coil is indoors and the compressor/condenser unit is outdoors. When you decide to replace your unit in the New Jersey area, contact Air Temp to help you every step of the way. We offer a wide range of services and products including AC installation, repair, and replacement. We also install Mitsubishi ductless AC units.
Anatomy of Central Air Conditioner
An air conditioner has several key parts. Here is an overview of those parts and their functions:
Compressor. Outside unit: re-compresses refrigerant.
Condenser Coil. Outside unit: it has tubes to release the heat from the refrigerant so that it may be compressed to cool again.
Outdoor Fan. Pulls air across the condenser coil so that it can release heat held in the coolant.
Evaporator Coil. Indoor unit: a series of tubes to release cooling to air blown across it to cool your home.
Air Handler. Indoor unit: it has blowers to blow air across the evaporator coil through your home’s ductwork.
Drain Pan. Cooling dehumidifies your air in your home. The moisture collects on the evaporator coil and drains into the drain pan and through your septic system.
How Does An Air Conditioning System Work?
In New Jersey, most residential central air conditioning systems are sold as closed split units. The outside unit houses condenser and compressor which re-cools and condenses the refrigerant, also known as freon. Once condensed, the refrigerant circulates to the inside unit which houses the evaporator. A fan blows across the evaporator and cools the air.
In your air conditioning system there are ducts that travel to each room. The blower blows the air across the evaporator coil, cools the air, and then the air travels through your house. The air intake vents pull warm air back through the system for cooling across the evaporator coil. The refrigerant then travels back to the condensing unit to release the heat accumulated and re-compress.
Wear and Tear on Your Montclair New Jersey Central AC
The most likely component to fail on your central air conditioning unit is the compressor and condenser unit. Likely, your compressor may stop functioning, even completely lock up and fail. It is possible to only replace that portion of the unit, and save some money in the initial side of the repair. This approach may cause problems down the line due to compatibility and efficiency issues in the non-matched units. There may even be environmental factors when you mismatch systems. Some of the problems with mismatched systems are:
Air conditioning units in a split system need to match. Certain units will not be compatible if you are installing a new outdoor unit and leaving the inside unit alone. Remember, the refrigerant travels from one unit to the other. Unmatched units can cause lots of problems. A few of them are:
- Early (or immediate) system breakdown
- Increased utility bills
- Reduced ability to cool sufficiently
- Inefficient operation
Several years ago a change was made to the chemical composition of refrigerant. Your old system in your home may be operating on the old coolant. New compressors and condensers may not be compatible with the old coolant. If you install a new unit that fails due to old coolant, that coolant will leak and be damaging to the environment.
Remember, when you replace one half of a split system, the other part of the remaining system is old. The new compressor/condenser unit may operate faster than the old evaporator coil can keep up. Even though the compressor may be new, the slower pace of the old evaporator coil may cause the new compressor to fail prematurely.
Likely, the compressor/condenser unit is the most expensive part of your New Jersey central air conditioning system. You want to do everything you can to keep that warranty in effect in the event of system failure. Many manufacturers will dishonor warranties on their compressor/condenser units if you do not install them in conjunction with new, matched evaporator coils.
Air Conditioning Replacement and Repair in Montclair, New Jersey
When your air conditioning system fails, you need an expert in the field. We can diagnose your air conditioner and recommend a solution that fits your needs and your budget. Air Temp is the number one New Jersey area source for new or replacement central air conditioning installs. For more information or to schedule a service call, give us a call at 1-800-969-1232, or message us on our contact page.
About the City of Montclair, New Jersey
Montclair is a small township located in Essex County. The name comes from the French term, Clear Mountain. It was founded in 1868 as a result of the need for a railroad in the area. It is home to New Jersey’s first pharmacy where local residents could purchase remedies and medical supplies. Montclair lies just east of the Watchung Mountains. It boasts breathtaking landscape and mountainous views, as well as streams that flow through the township. It is among New Jersey’s most beautiful towns.
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