There are several different types of air conditioners available. Window and split air conditioners are usually used for the small air conditioning capacities up to 5 tons. Central air conditioners are used for cooling beyond 20 tons. And packaged air conditioners are used for cooling everywhere in between.
This article from BrightHub.com seeks to better explain packaged air conditioners.
Packaged air conditioners house all the important components – compressor, cooling coil, air handling unit, and air filter – in a single enclosure, hence the name. These compact systems are split into two groups: water cooled and air cooled.
In these units, the condenser is cooled by water, which has to be running continuously in order for the air conditioner to function. In the packaged units with the water cooled condenser, the compressor is located at the bottom of the unit along with the condenser. The evaporator or the cooling coil is located above these component and the air handling unit, comprising of the centrifugal blower and the air filter, is located above the cooling coil.
In these units, which are more common than their air cooled cousins, the condenser is cooled by atmospheric air. In this packaged air conditioner, there is an outdoor unit that comprises of the important components like the compressor, condenser and in some cases the expansion valve. A fan located inside this unit sucks the outside air and blows it over the condenser coil, cooling it in the process. The cooling unit comprising of the expansion valve, evaporator, the air handling blower and the filter are located on the floor or hanged to the ceiling.
Packaged air conditioners are easily transported and easily installed, making them ideal for many homes.
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