What is an Air Handler?

Most people have never heard of an air handler, and even fewer probably know what exactly it does. An air handler is an essential part of your air conditioning and heating system. It holds the fan and is responsible for distributing the heated and cooled air throughout your home.

Generally there are three main types of heating and cooling systems located on the Virginia Peninsula. This is important because the type of system in your home will determine where your air handler is located.

  • Split air conditioner and furnace – In this setup, you have an outside air conditioning unit (likely on the ground outside your home) and a furnace inside your garage, attic, or a closet. The air handler is part of the furnace.
  • Split heat pumpThis setup is similar to the first except there is no furnace, meaning your outside unit is responsible for both heating and cooling your home. However, there is still an air handler in your attic or closet that distributes the heated and cooled air throughout your ducts.
  • Packaged System – In this situation, the air handler is packaged with the outdoor unit into one piece.

Is there a better way?

You probably know that stop and start traffic makes your vehicle less efficient and uses more gas, but did you know that the same is true of your air conditioner and heater. Standard air handlers can cause your heating and air conditioning system to cycle on and off frequently, ruining your system’s efficiency and costing you money.

However, there is an alternative. Variable speed air handlers adjusts the speed of your air handler to the needs of your system so it runs longer and more efficiently.

No Air Coming Out of Your Vents? Could be Your Air Handler!

If your air conditioning and heating system is running, and no air is coming out of your vents, it may be that your air handler is be the problem. We can help.

A/C Masters employs certified air conditioning and heating experts that will diagnose and repair your problem right the first time.

Schedule your repair online, or give us a call at (757)898-2894.

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