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What is a Spiral Compressor?

A scroll compressor is a versatile piece of equipment. Often found in air conditioning systems and heat pump units, or in automobile air conditioning systems, it is a mechanical part that adds a lot of value to our everyday lives. The main purpose of the scroll compressor is to compress air or refrigerant.

A scroll compressor is known by a variety of different names, including; a scroll pump, scroll vacuum pump, or a spiral compressor. The scroll compressor is circular and is spiral in shape. Two inter-twining scrolls work together, in order to pump, or pressurize, the air or refrigerant, don’t be mistaken for the reciprocating air compressor that create gas and it has a cylinder shape.

Of the two scrolls, one of them is usually in a fixed position, while the other one rotates, or orbits, around the other. Other scroll compressors are created so that both scrolls co-rotate simultaneously. Either way, the goal is to trap, compress, and pump fluid or air through the scrolls.

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History of the Scroll Compressor

For the purpose of expanding air or refrigerant fluid , a scroll expander is the device of choice. it is basically a scroll compressor but works in the reverse mode.

The scroll compressor was originally created by a French inventor in 1905, but it wasn’t until the mid-1900’s when mass production began. This delay in production was due to a lack of proper construction of the compressor. In addition, it wasn’t until the 1980’s wen they were manufactured specifically for air conditioning units.

 

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Advantages of The Scroll Compressor

There are many advantages of using a scroll compressor. One advantage is the small size of the scroll compressor. Because they are so small, they are able to be placed in very tight places, which can also be a cost-saving feature. However, sometimes the small size proves to be a challenge when the scroll is overflowing with too much liquid.

Scroll compressors tend to run very smoothly and they are typically more reliable than other types of compressors. Due to the fact that they have fewer mechanical parts than other compressors, they also have fewer parts that can break down. They are also pretty quiet mechanisms and display very little vibration.

The invention of the scroll compressor has helped many of us in ways we probably don’t even notice. It is just one of the parts that allows us to stay at a comfortable temperature in our homes and workplaces on any given day. Call Metro Heating & Cooling for help.