Refrigeration Cycle

Refrigeration cycle

Definition

The refrigeration cycle is the process of a refrigerant that flows through an AC system to cool your home as the refrigerant cycles from liquid to gas, gas to liquid. As refrigerant moves through the system it cools enough to turn into a liquid and rapidly expels more heat (condense). And then it heats enough to turn into a gas and then rapidly soaks up more heat (evaporation). So it evaporates and soaks up heat inside your home, then condenses and expels out heat outside your home.

Synonyms

heat pump cycle, vapor-compression cycle, liquid-gas phase change

Related Terms

Expansion Valve

Expansion Valve

Controls how much refrigerant is allowed to flow into the evaporator coil

R-12

R-12

Common type of refrigeration used in older home AC systems

Freon

Freon

Brand name for a type of refrigerant used in air conditioning systems

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