A/C Compressors vs. A/C Condensers

Most people are unaware of the basic operation and components of an A/C system. Car air conditioning is one thing that is taken for granted until it stops working. On that note, let us discuss a couple of A/C components: condenser and compressor. Before highlighting the key differences between them, let’s take a look at how a car A/C system works.

  • At first, the refrigerant is compressed, thus increasing the refrigerant temperature.
  • The cooling process begins with the refrigerant traveling through the condenser, as the gas refrigerant transforms into liquid refrigerant.
  • Dust, dirt and other pollutants are filtered in the receiver.
  • The refrigerant flows through the expansion valve, diminishing both pressure and temperature.
  • The processed refrigerant goes into the evaporator, turning into a dehumidified, cool state, ready for your car’s interior.
  • The blower system blows out the air to cool off the car.

How Do A/C Compressors And Condensers Play Their Part?

Both the condenser and compressor are critical for initial processing. Without these two, your car’s A/C system will not pump out dry, cold air. As the name suggests, the compressor compresses and the condenser condenses, while both of them process the refrigerant.

A/C compressor is a preparer, which “squeezes” the gas and gets the gas ready for the multi-step process of making your car cool. The gas refrigerant is still a gas, when travelling through the compressor, although slightly transformed into liquid vapor. This is where the condenser gets into action.

The condenser transforms the gas refrigerant into a liquid, which is used throughout the system to produce cold air.  It is responsible for taking the pressurized gas from the compressor and converting it into a liquid vapor. This is the same vapor that is used for air conditioning, once it has gone through all the required filtering and cooling processes.

A/C Compressors And Condensers Work In Unison

Even though they are individual components, both compressors and condensers work in agreement with each other to produce the desired cooling effect. In fact, many people think that the condenser does the compressor’s job, and vice versa. It makes more sense if you think of air conditioning as a method of converting gas into a usable form. The process may seem a bit complex, but once you break it up, you can see how they are related. With proper knowledge, you are more likely to diagnose an A/C problem from the outset.

If you encounter any issues related to your A/C compressors or condensers, it’s not a good idea to go directly for A/C repairs. Not only will you be charged extra for the components, but also the labor costs will skyrocket. Instead, you can consider buying replacement parts from R & Y A/C Compressors. We have been in the industry for over 25 years and have provided quality automotive A/C parts and services to our valued clients. With a number of warehouses, we can quickly process and ship the orders throughout the U.S. and to various countries. If you have further questions, you can always contact us.