Most air conditioners have piping made of aluminium or copper. However, the use of aluminium pipes is dwindling, and top air conditioner manufacturers use copper tubes nowadays.
Why are Aircon Pipes and Tubes Important?
Air conditioners have three principal elements. These are a compressor, an evaporating coil, and a condenser. Evaporating coils are located inside the indoor unit, while the condenser and compressor are stored in the external unit. In window ACs, however, all three components are installed in a single system.
The evaporating coils absorb heat from the warm air, which then gets cooled by a refrigerant that runs through the coils. The refrigerant passes to the compressor unit, which compresses it into a hot liquid. The now hot refrigerant then moves through condenser pipes, where the heat decreases. The refrigerant next enters a high-pressure valve, where it returns to its original temperature before reaching the evaporating coil again. This process continues until the temperature reaches the desired level.
Because the cooling process operates in a closed circuit, aircon pipes and tubes perform a significant role. If the lines are of inferior quality, they could leak or split, which would mean inefficient cooling. They could also absorb too much heat making the AC ineffective.
Copper has highly anti-corrosive properties. The aircon cooling process causes oxidation, and copper as a metal handles oxidation and corrosion well, giving air conditioners a longer lifespan.
Cooling on copper pipes is faster than aluminium due to its heating up and cooling down capacities. Copper pipes can quickly dissipate heat from the living space, and they cool down quickly, enabling them to absorb more heat. Aluminium pipes need longer to heat and cool down, so they expend more energy and have relatively lower cooling power.
Here at Aircon Spares we have a huge choice of copper piping and copper pipe connectors, for refrigeration and air conditioning, from leading UK suppliers. Contact us today if you need help with ordering.