Because of the extreme range of climate in Oklahoma City, OK (from cold, harsh winters to hot, humid summers), many homes have both a furnace and an air conditioner. Others, however, have an air handler, which is capable of both heating and cooling. What does an air handler do, and how is it repaired or replaced? At Alliance Expert Services, we have been in the HVAC industry for 30 years, and are happy to help with all your air handler needs!
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What Does an Air Handler Do?
An air handler is a single appliance that can both heat and cool your home. To make your house warmer, the air is forced over a heating element and out through the ducts. It is passed over an evaporator coil to cool the air.
Air handlers run on electricity only, instead of gas like a furnace, and do not need to be vented. The air intake draws air into the unit, where it is passed over the evaporator coil or the heating element. The blower fan then forces the treated air through the ductwork and out into your home.
Air handlers need routine maintenance just like any other HVAC system. The air filter should be replaced regularly, the evaporator coil should be cleaned, and all moving parts should be inspected and maintained annually. Routine care will increase the longevity of your appliance.
Common Signs Your Air Handler Needs Repair
Although air handlers can last up to 20 years, they sometimes require repair or replacement much sooner. There are certain warning signs that will help you know if your air handler is damaged, including:
- Frequent power cycles: Turning on and off more often than it should signal a problem with your air handler.
- Blowing warm air: Not blowing cool air when required could be the result of a dirty evaporator coil or low refrigerant levels.
- Unusual noises: Thumping or squealing means the fan or fan belt needs adjustment or lubrication.
- Bad odor: A foul smell could be the result of an overheated motor, or mildew in your system.
- Reduced airflow: Low airflow may mean your air handler’s motor is failing, or that your air filter needs to be replaced.
- Poor air quality: Dust and debris can collect in the air handler and ductwork, which is then blown into your home. This usually means the air filter and ducts need to be cleaned.
- Failure to maintain set temperature: Not keeping your home warm or cool enough could be the result of a thermostat malfunction.
- High utility bills: A spike in your electric bill reflects poor energy efficiency.
The best way to prevent many of these issues is maintenance. We make routine care easy with our expert AC maintenance services.
All About Air Handler Repair and Replacement
When you need air handler repair, your HVAC technician will likely open the appliance to diagnose the problem. They will visually inspect the unit and search for the problem, or they may have to run the air handler to listen to what’s going on. From there, they will make the necessary adjustments or repairs, and clean everything if needed.
Air handler replacement is slightly more invasive, but an experienced HVAC technician can do the job quickly and safely. For air handler installation, it’s important to hire a reputable HVAC company like Alliance Expert Services, which has 30 years of experience in the industry. Our certified technicians will make sure the entire process goes smoothly. Because customer satisfaction is our number one priority, your new unit plus our workmanship will be covered by warranty.