Here is a quick glossary of common terms from your Manassas appliance repair experts, All–Pro Appliance Repair!
- Circuit – The route that electrical current takes from its source, to the appliance that use it, back to its source. A single circuit may provide power to several appliance or just one. A circuit must be complete for electricity to flow.
- Circuit breaker – A safety device, usually taking the form of a switch that can interrupt a circuit and stop the flow of power in unsafe conditions.
- Compressor – A device that circulates liquid or gaseous refrigerant through a system in order to absorb heat. Air conditioners and refrigerators both use compressors and compressor coils as part of their cooling processes.
- Condenser – Part of a cooling system in which gas is condensed into liquid.
- Evaporator – Part of a cooling system where the liquid refrigerant evaporates to a gaseous state as it absorbs heat from the ambient air. Cooling and refrigeration systems consists of a compressor, condenser and evaporator in some form.
- Filter – A static device that is used to remove particles and/or organisms from a material, usually air or water. A filter may be made of porous material to trap particles, chemicals which eliminate particles or organisms or UV light that destroys microorganisms.
- Fuse – Like a circuit breaker, a fuse is a safety device that interrupts the flow of electricity at dangerous levels. The fuse contains a filament which melts when the current is too high, thereby interrupting the circuit.
- Gasket – Also sometimes called a seal, a gasket is a water-tight piece of material that joins to pieces together.
- Pump – A mechanical device that moves liquid or gas from one place to another. Frequently used in drainage systems.
- Thermostat – An automatic switch that senses temperature and turns a flow of electrical current on or off in response. Refrigerators, freezers, ovens, air conditioners, furnaces and automobiles all use thermostats to operate properly.
- Valve – A device that both prevents and allows or other liquid to flow, depending on the state that it is in.
Call All–Pro Appliance Repair today if you have any problem with your dryer, dishwasher, water heater, or any of your other Manassas home appliances!