Air Conditioning Basics
The four main components to your air conditioner are:
The condenser is the outside metal unit and where the gas from the compressor is condensed into a liquid. The gas entering the condenser is very hot. The temperature is then lowered, so the gas can convert back to a liquid.
The compressor is inside the condenser. It circulates the pressurized refrigerant, to concentrate the heat, and changes the low pressure gas to high pressure gas.
The evaporator is the part of the system inside the home. In simple language, it absorbs the heat from your home.
The expansion valve controls the amount of refrigerant in your system.
All of these pieces are connected by a copper tube that handles refrigerant, creating a closed loop. Heat is collected in the evaporator, sent outside to the condenser. The heat is removed, and the cool air is recirculated back into your home.
AC in the Know: Basic facts about air conditioning operation
An air conditioner doesn’t create cool air
What happens in the air conditioning process is actually the removal of heat from the air. Your AC uses a chemical called refrigerant to remove heat and transfer it outside. The refrigerant runs through the lines and coils in your unit and goes from liquid to gas and back again, absorbing the heat and transfering it elsewhere so that when the air comes out the other side, it is cool.
Your AC will remove humidity
Lower humidity helps the overall comfort level in your home by making you feel cooler, even if the temperature is the same.
Your air filter needs to be checked and replaced every three to six months (depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations).
A dirty air filter restricts your air flow, which reduces efficiency, costing you money, and over time can put stress on your unit and could cause a costly repair and/or premature (catastrophic) failure.
Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance
Your HVAC system needs regular checkups to keep it running in tip-top shape. Like your car needs regular maintenance (oil/fluid changes, tire rotation, etc), so too does your HVAC system. Having regular annual preventative maintenance saves you money and will bring your system longer life and fewer breakdowns over all.
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures air conditioning and heat pump cooling efficiency, which is calculated by the cooling output for a typical cooling season divided by the total electric energy input during the same time frame. A higher SEER rating means greater energy efficiency. [Trane]
At 1st Choice, we provide all the services you need to keep your AC running in top-notch shape. Call us for repairs, maintenance, or new-system installation.
Air Conditioner Maintenance in Manalapan, NJ 07726
“Todd was super helpful, knowledgeable, and detailed in his service. Was very easy and pleasant working with him.”
– Sonia T.
Air Conditioner Installation in Toms River, NJ 08757
“My AC went out during the heat wave we just had and Christopher, the owner, lent me some window units so I could keep cool through the weekend. Dave and Joe just left and I couldn't be happier with my new air conditioner! They were very polite and considerate, they worked hard and cleaned up after themselves and my house is cooling better than it ever has. I'm going to recommend 1st Choice to anyone and everyone who asks me because I can't say it enough: this is the company you want if you ever need your AC fixed. A great big thank you to the whole team at 1st Choice!!”
– Marianne C.
Air Conditioner Repair in Howell, NJ 08759
“Incredible. Chris fit me in his busy day when temps reached 100 and my AC crapped out. He found a bad capacitor in the condenser within minutes it was replaced and we were back and running.
I know I’ll be replacing my again AC next season, and Chris will be the only one I’d think to call. Awesome, honest and friendly service.”
– John C.
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“when I arrived at my 98 year old mom’s house on Saturday June 30,2018 the temp was 91. I found 1st choice phone number in the yellow pages. Chris arrived within a couple of hours and did some overdue maintenance. When I left several hours later the house had cooled down. By then my mom needed a sweater….”
– Vito D.
Air Conditioner Repair in NJ 08735
“Wow, Chris was amazing! It was the 3rd day of miserably hot weather and our air conditioner needed a repair. Chris was professional, courteous, and knowledgeable- It didn't take him long to figure out what was going on and he got our AC cooling again in no time. 1st Choice Air Comfort is a 5 star company providing 5 star service-we will happily use them again in the future.”
– Tina S.
Air Conditioner Replacement in Brick, NJ 08724
“1st Choice should definitely be everyone's 1st choice! Chris performed a load analysis and was able to save me money by showing me I did not need the larger unit. Joe and Dave were the installers and they were friendly, efficient and very professional. They placed drop cloths throughout the house where they would be working and cleaned up outside when they were done. The new unit has been great as we have just gone through a major heatwave. I have recommended 1st Choice to my daughter and her husband who are also looking to replace their system”
– Dennis D.
Air Conditioner Installation in Howell, NJ 07331
“I have had nothing short of an amazing experience with Chris and everyone at 1st Choice. They were super honest and straightforward on pricing, excellent customer service, and extremely efficient and thorough technicians. This contractor is one to be trusted and that’s hard these days to find. Definitely, definitely, definitely will I be recommending them again and again and will use their services indefinitely. Thank you everyone at 1st choice for my wonderful new AC unit!”
– Beth H.
Air Conditioner Replacement in Interlaken, NJ 07712
“Called 1st choice for estimate on new AC condenser and coil for my Unico system. I was very impressed by Chris and his professionalism and knowledge. Gave the job to him and I am very happy with the service and work performed. I would highly recommend 1st choice and Chris to anyone looking for a very fair price and great work.”
– K L.
Air Conditioner Maintenance in Manasquan, NJ 08736
“I just wanted to say a very big big big THANK YOU to Gabe of 1st Choice, to 1st Choice itself and, most of all, to Nick, who did the work diligently and put my AC back in order!! He did a great job in beastly heat, in a very good mood – and I must say you folks have a fine young man in your employ.
So, I thank you all again and, especially, Nick!”
– Lynn D.
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“I had an excellent experience with 1st Choice when I found myself in need of emergency services for my AC. The tech arrived at my house within an hour, had us back up and running that day, and the price was very fair. We haven’t had an issue since. They are now our 1st Choice for all of our heating/cooling needs!”
– Janis R.
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