Knowing the Parts of Your HVAC System
The modern HVAC system is a fairly intricate combination of components, each vital in its own way. Like any complex system, your HVAC unit is only as good as its parts. With this in mind, it’s important to have a basic knowledge of the functions performed by the various parts of your HVAC system. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to identify potential problem areas before large-scale repairs become necessary.
- Evaporator Coil: This part of your HVAC system holds chilled refrigerant. As air moves past it, the air is cooled and the refrigerant absorbs heat.
- Refrigerant Lines: These lines facilitate the transfer of refrigerant between the evaporator coil and the condensing unit.
- Condensing Unit: This is the HVAC component that sits outside of your home. Refrigerant, in its liquid form, is sent to the condenser before being sent back to the evaporator coil to be vaporized once again.
- Furnace: Your furnace is the most important part of your HVAC system during the winter. It heats air, then circulates it around your home. Traditional furnaces relied solely on combustion, but modern furnaces can also use heat pumps, electric resistance, or solar energy.
- Heat Exchanger: Inside the housing unit of your furnace, you can find the heat exchanger. This component is activated when your thermostat turns on the furnace, drawing cool air into the furnace and then distributing it throughout your home via ductwork.
This is essentially the “brain” of your HVAC system. Your thermostat triggers the activation of heating or cooling elements to warm or cool your home’s air as necessary. A thermostat can be adjusted manually, but there are also smart thermostats that can be programmed for detailed schedules, even adapting to your common energy usage habits.
These are the rectangular airflow outlets in your ceilings that deliver heated or cooled air. They can be opened or closed for a greater degree of control.
Your ducts serve as the pathways for heated or cooled air throughout your home. They are commonly made of aluminum, but can also be made from fiberglass, plastic, or steel.
Great HVAC Parts Make a Great HVAC System
At Home Energy Experts, we take pride in being Nevada’s leader in HVAC repair and replacement. Our work comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, our technicians are fully certified and insured, and we service all HVAC brands. So whether you’re leaking refrigerant or you’re in need of a furnace tune-up, we’re here to help. Contact Home Energy Experts today, and we’ll make sure your system is operating in top condition once again.