Unsure of This Air Conditioning Component’s Function?
Your air conditioning system depends on your air handler to perform efficiently during the summer months. When it malfunctions, your air conditioner is forced to work harder to deliver cool air through your home.
If your air handler is struggling to keep up with the demands of your household, call Gainesville Mechanical today.
Our NATE-certified technicians will inspect your air handler and air conditioner during a service call. If there is a problem, we will notify you and suggest the best course of action for repairing it.
If your air handler is beyond repair and will need to be replaced, and our technicians will provide you with affordable options based on your budget and cooling needs. As a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer, we carry only the best Bryant products on the market.
The Role of the Air Handler
Your air handler takes the cool air produced by your air conditioner and circulates it throughout your ductwork to keep your home comfortable. It regulates the airflow and temperature as it moves through the unit.
Inside the air handler are a few components to help achieve the ideal temperature, such as the evaporator coil, blower motor, filter and plenum connections.
The evaporator coil cools the air passing over it with the help of the refrigerant flowing through the coil. During the cooling process, humidity is removed from the air before sending it to the blower motor.
After the air is at the right temperature and excess moisture has been removed, the blower motor pushes the air through the filter. To enhance your indoor air quality, be sure your filter is clean.
The filter of your air handler traps and reduces pollutants before the air cycles throughout your ductwork. The filter also helps prevent different types of debris from accumulating inside your ducts and air conditioner.
Once the air has successfully been filtered, it’s moved through the plenum connections. These connections keep the air handler positioned just right so the air can move freely throughout your ductwork.
Air Handler Options
There are three types of air handlers, and each operates differently. Our NATE-certified technicians will tell you which type is connected to your air conditioner and discuss the different options if you need to replace your current one.
The three types of air handlers are:
- Single-Speed Motors: An air handler with a single-speed blower motor operates at maximum capacity only. It cycles on and off whenever your air conditioner kicks on to maintain your ideal temperature throughout your house.
- Multi-Speed Motors: This type of air handler operates at different speeds, depending on the demands of your home. It has a high-stage and a low-stage, and even on the lowest speed, the humidity levels are kept comfortable during the summer.
- Variable-Speed Motors: To achieve precise control of your airflow, a variable-speed blower motor is the most efficient. It operates at varying speeds to create the ideal indoor humidity level without compromising even temperatures through your residence.
Help Your Air Conditioner by Maintaining Your Air Handler
Understanding and maintaining your air handler will keep your air conditioner operating smoothly this summer. Proper maintenance ensures you won’t need emergency repairs when the heat gets unbearable.
The best way to keep your air handler healthy is by checking the filter monthly. If you notice it’s dirty or clogged, change it immediately.
A neglected filter will restrict airflow, causing your air conditioner to work harder to deliver cool air, and compromise your indoor air quality.
Call Gainesville Mechanical to schedule annual maintenance for your air handler and air conditioner. Our technicians are experienced and know how to identify any problems with any brand.
When an air handler breaks down and needs to be replaced, it’s best to be perfectly matched with an air conditioner.
Typically, when you replace one, you need to replace the other. By replacing both at the same time, you reduce future problems from occurring and can take advantage of warranties for both units. Our NATE-certified technicians will assist you in finding the perfect cooling system when the time arrives.
Next Steps to Ideal Cooling
Achieve ideal temperatures and humidity levels when your air handler is performing at its best! Gainesville Mechanical is the 2018 “Bryant Dealer of the Year” and wants to help you and your family stay cool and healthy.
Schedule preventative maintenance for your cooling system and air handler with our NATE-certified technicians. Contact Gainesville Mechanical now and keep your air circulating smoothly without any issues this summer.