A Guide to Air Handlers
Homes with electric heat pumps and air conditioners could greatly benefit from having an air handler; some often already come with one. Additionally, your location plays a role in whether or not you need an air handler. Below, we discuss what air handlers are and when they’re recommended. We also highlight common issues air handlers may face and how professional services will help you get the most out of your air handler.
What Are Air Handlers?
Air handlers are devices that work hand in hand with your home’s HVAC unit. They aid in keeping pollutants at bay and work hard to limit wear and tear, keeping your AC unit or heat pump operating up to par.
If you live in a colder climate and rely on a furnace to keep warm, you probably won’t get much out of having an air handler. Homeowners in warmer climates often utilize a heat pump for both heating and cooling; because of this, an air handler can increase your unit’s efficiency and extend its life span.
Air Handler Filters: Do They Need To Be Replaced?
Air handler filters are traditionally crafted out of spun fiberglass. They are responsible for keeping dust, bacteria, pet dander, lint, mold, and other contaminants from entering your HVAC unit and circulating throughout your air. Considering how hard filters work to keep your air clean and pollutant-free, ensuring it’s properly cleaned and equipped to operate appropriately is crucial.
Generally, it’s in good practice to switch out your unit’s filter every three months; however, how often your filter needs to be changed also depends on variables such as the size of your unit, the climate in which you reside, if you have any pets, and how old your system is. It’s also important to monitor any respiratory symptoms people in your home face; changing your filter more frequently may help reduce allergen-related issues. Failure to adequately change out your filters can worsen symptoms and hinder your handler’s performance.
Common Air Handler Issues
Much like any other appliance, air handlers are not immune to issues. Some common problems you may come across include:
- Low or no airflow: If the air from your unit is low in strength or fluctuates throughout the day, its blower motor is likely an issue.
- High energy bills: Are your monthly bills costlier than usual? Spikes in your HVAC costs can indicate an issue with your air handler.
- Frozen AC unit in the summer: Dirty or clogged air filters or evaporator coils may lead to ice forming on your air handler in the summer. However, if your unit leaks refrigerant, the problem must be addressed ASAP.
- An outdated HVAC unit: Once your HVAC system has surpassed its recommended life span (roughly 10-15 years), it’s crucial to replace it as its parts, including the air handler, won’t keep up with your heating and cooling needs.
- Broken limit switch: The limit switch protects the heating system by blocking cool air from blowing into your home in the winter; if it’s malfunctioning, the blower may run intermittently or stop working altogether.
Why Choose Blind & Sons for Air Handler Services?
Founded in 1937, Blind & Sons has attained 80+ years of honing our craft in the HVAC industry. We are adept at tackling virtually any service you need, backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We offer 24/7 emergency service with no overtime fees and a range of warranties and guarantees for added peace of mind! With us, you’ll always be taken care of.