Anatomy of HVAC Unit | Air Quality | Plumbing & A/C Medic

Anatomy of an HVAC Unit

Your HVAC system in your home is comprised of a few essential components to keep in mind.

Man with HVAC equipmentYour HVAC isn’t just for heating and cooling. The system is also essential in providing clean, quality air into your home as well. Let’s take a look at the major components of your HVAC system and common things to look for:

Air Condenser Unit

This is your air conditioner and most likely sits outside your home. The unit contains several critical parts that cool your home. The condenser coil cools the air into your home. The compressor inside the unit supplies air at high pressure. The fan creates a current of air to be brought into your home. Then, if your condenser is connected to a furnace inside your home, an evaporator coil sits on top of your furnace and physically cools the air incoming from the condenser.

Furnace Unit

Your furnace unit most likely sits in your basement or another part of the home if you don’t have a basement. Many parts comprise the furnace unit and help it function properly. A filter removes impurities in the air before being blown into your home. A blower creates the force for the air to enter your home. An air handling unit is on systems that are comprised of both a furnace and air conditioning unit and serve as the piece that connects both units to the air supply ducts to your home.

Check-Up / Maintaining

In getting to know your HVAC system, there are many maintenance and inspection items that should be handled by you on a regular basis to keep your system functioning properly. Beginning with your outside air condenser unit, you need to ensure that no debris is entering the unit.

When mowing the lawn near the unit, point the blown grass away from the unit. Covers and blocks can also be purchased to prevent debris from entering the system. Refrigerant on the condenser can leak so it is important to check the lines going into the house for any leaks.

On the inside of your home, regular inspection of the furnace unit for blocked air-intake is important. Another important part of regular maintenance is replacing the filter on a 90-day basis with a high-quality filter to prevent a backup in the system, which can burn out mechanical parts of the system.

For issues with your HVAC system, contact Plumbing & A/C Medic, Inc. for your needs and a service technician will be more than happy to take a look at your system and help with any repairs that are needed.