Handling Your Air Handler 101

Open the windows; it is so hot in here! Close the doors; don’t let the cold draft in! Whatever the weather, be it winter or summer, your home should offer shelter. The main purpose of your home is to protect you from exposure to hot or cold weather. But, do you really need to buy a heater and air conditioning unit for every room? The answer is no.

You only need to buy a single unit of each. However, you need to pair them with an air handler! Call an air conditioning repair company for more detailed information about air handlers. But, for now, here are some basic answers to your air handler questions:

How do air handlers work?

The first thing that you need to know about air handlers is that they are not furnaces. People usually confuse these two due to their similar appearance. However, their functions are completely different and they have different parts.

Air handlers are used in air conditioner and heater split systems. Their main function is to evenly distribute the heated or cooled air all around the house. This way, you can increase ventilation without doubling the electricity cost.

Inner Workings

Connected to your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) unit’s pipes, air handlers efficiently create an indoor air cycle. They deliver cold air through supply vents and draw the unconditioned air in through return vents. Without an air handler, your HVAC system would be imbalanced and have reduced performance. To ensure that your HVAC unit’s air handler works, hire a professional to check it out.

Air Handlers and Air Conditioning Units

Before buying an air handler for your home, you need to determine whether it would be appropriate for your situation. If you just want something to remove hot air from the house and blow cool air in the house, then go for an air conditioning unit. But, if you have a large home, an air handler can help in blowing the conditioned air into your home in a more balanced way. Choose the option that provides the most comfort for your home.

Common Issues

Having an air handler in the house can be a lifesaver. But, you need to have it regularly maintained to avoid damage or reduced performance. Common issues that you should look out for will involve its parts. To properly check for these problems, hire an expert to clean and inspect the coils, blower motor, filter, and heat strips. These are the four most important and vulnerable parts of an air handler.

Maintenance and Repair

Since your AC unit and air handler are connected, any damage to one of them can affect the other. Unusual sounds and odors coming from the AC unit could mean a malfunctioning air handler. Parts that are often reported for repairs are controls, filters, blowers, humidifiers, mixing chambers, and vibration isolators.

How Much do Air Handlers Cost?

Experts who repair air conditioning units usually have a fixed cost for air handler installations. This can range from $1,200 to $1,800. Removing old models can cost up to $500 while buying a new air handler for your home is priced at $700 to $1,500.

If air handlers and house repairs are new to you, then repairs and installation might seem expensive. However, spending on your home is always going to benefit you in the long run. Your comfort and way of life will be changed forever by asking for expert help.

Being a homeowner is a lot of responsibility. It is your job to maintain your appliances and the inner workings of the house. To make sure they are maintained, hiring a professional technician will always be a good investment.

ECM Service

ECM Air Conditioning, with its headquarters located in Boynton Beach, FL, provides air conditioning services within Palm Beach County, Broward County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County. If you’re having issues with your HVAC system, we’re on-call and ready to assist you with your air conditioning needs. So if you’re in need of an HVAC Contractor, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an air conditioning service call diagnostic! Our HVAC experts will diagnose any issues that may be occurring with your HVAC system and help to repair your AC issue on the spot.

Best of all because ECM is the largest HVAC company in South Florida our local warehouse facility that is 69,000 SQFT houses over $1 million in inventory and fully stocks our 127 vehicles on the road, making us one of the very few AC service companies capable of repairing most issues right on the spot. That means no waiting and no downtime without air conditioning for you & your family in the blistering Florida heat!

Call us at 561-295-1763 or contact our HVAC team online.

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