Two type condensers of R22 residential air conditioning systems were investigated in this study. Two R22 residential air-conditioning systems, one with a microchannel condenser and the other with a round-tube condenser, were examined experimentally, while the other components of the two systems were identical except the condensers. Based on the principle of the microchannel condensation, the analysis of heat transfer along parallel heat exchanger was conducted. The non-uniform air velocity distribution at the face of the microchannel condenser and refrigerant distribution in headers were taken into account in this research. The mechanism and possibility of the superior thermal performance as compared with conventional fin-tube heat exchangers were discussed. In addition, the maximum of thermal performance influenced by the running parameter was experimentally measured. The experimental results show that with one third face area of round tube heat exchanger, microchannel condenser’s pressure drop increase around 12–23% and refrigeration output increase 2–5%, refrigerant charge decreases around 50%, it is found to be a promising candidate for residential air conditioning condenser.

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