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Condensing Coil

Definition

One of two heat exchangers in an air conditioning unit. The condensing coil works together with an evaporator coil. The former receives heat energy collected by the latter from inside the home and releases it outdoors.

Things you need to know

Aluminum coils are very difficult to maintain and almost impossible to repair. Copper coils are the standard, and more durable, though they tend to also be more expensive. A broken condenser coil may be first noticed if the air from the AC is coming out hotter than what is indicated by the thermostat.

Also known as

Condenser Coil

Cost Considerations

Copper coils use up to 3 times as much of the material as aluminum coils, making them a more expensive option. Replacing a condenser coil can cost $500 to $750.

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