Replacing Air Conditioner Condenser

Before getting into the details of replacing a condenser we need to know more about a condenser. The condenser of an air conditioner is placed outside your home and it plays an important role in the cooling process of the AC. In case you have to replace the condenser of your air conditioner it involves a complex task which requires repairing or replacing on or more parts that is placed within the component. Depending on the kind of problem a condenser has, the cost can also vary. In fact, sometimes it can be very high. If the fault is minor home owners can take care of it by themselves while most of the times they require professional help to either repair or replace a condenser of an air conditioner.

 The main function of a condenser is to convert the refrigerant gas into liquid form. It does so by state change and cooling the gas with the help of a high-powered fan that passes air over the condensing coils. Though it seems that a condenser is a single component it has numerous parts embedded like the condenser coil, fans, tubes, and the circuit board. It may happen so that either of the component fails or all of them fails at a time due to constant use.

 Some of the common problems faced by an AC condenser are the following:

• Dirty components
• Leaks
• Blockage
• Bad Run Capacitor
• Faulty Control Board
• Bad Condenser Relay Switch
• Damaged Coil
• Burnt Motor

However, when your AC condenser is periled with either of these problems the first thing that you need to consider is the age of your air conditioner before you decide on replacing it. In general, if your unit is more than ten years old you can consider a replacement of the unit altogether.

 When it comes to replacement of the condenser in your air conditioner there are certain things that you need to consider. Condensers can be quite expensive to replace. In that case cleaning your condenser might solve the problem. However, cleaning it by flushing chemicals can be a feasible option. It is true that flushing saves some amount of money but it also increases the chance of repeat compressor failure or an orifice tube or expansion valve blockage, if the flush is unable to remove all the accumulated dirt from the condenser.

The other things that you need to keep in mind as well when you think of replacing your air conditioner condenser are the following:

 • When the condenser of an air conditioner unit is replaced, it is seen that it becomes necessary to replace the compressor, the orifice tubes, and also the receiver

• At the same time any refrigerant that has not leaked out will have to be vacuumed out while replacing a condenser

Last but not the least, the indications that might make you think that the condenser is not working are the air is not as cold as it used to be and the air conditioning unit stops functioning completely. In both cases, you will have to call in a professional for the right detection.



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