Industry Terms


The purpose of the condenser is to cool the gas that has absorbed heat in the evaporator. Water-cooled condensers are constructed as a tube within a tube. Water flows in the inner tube and gas in the outer tube. The water absorbs the heat from the gas and the water is then discharged out a drain. Air-cooled condensers use cooper tubing routed through rows of metal fins. Air is forced through the fins and the gas is cooled much like the radiator of an automobile cools water for the engine.