Understanding Condenser Capacity and GPM Per Ton

The primary function of a condenser is to change the flow of the air which passes through the pipes it is mounted in. A condenser’s main function is to change the path of air flow in a given system. The condition of a system depends on its capacity to collect, hold and transfer a certain volume of air or other liquid. The flow rate of the device determines the output capacity of the system. For example, a high-pressure machine can conduct more air than a low-pressure machine.

There are two types of condensers: flexible and fixed, and these are also available in different sizes and capacities. The flexible type of condenser can be designed in two ways: as one or two flow connections, and usually consists of a permanent position and a removable exhaust condenser element. The second type has only one permanent position and two removable exhaust condensers. The fixed condenser is the most common type of condenser available in the market.

The term “effective GPM” is sometimes used as a synonym for the capacity of a system. A much more appropriate term would be, “GPM per ton”. The true value of the capacity of a system is directly proportional to the actual output of a device, which may be in terms of GPM per ton. In this regard, it is important to note that the throughput rate of a system also determines the GPM per ton.