You know the air in your home feels nice, but do you know exactly how it
got that way? It was the doing of your
HVAC unit, of course, but a lot more goes into conditioning your home’s air
to an ideal temperature than you may have thought.
Your HVAC unit is made up of several components that work together to keep
you comfortable in your home. One of these components, which play a quite
significant role, is the AC air handler. Knowing how your air handler
works in conjunction with the other parts of your HVAC unit can help you
maintain a more efficient system and avoid costly repairs. Here’s
everything you need to know about your AC air handler.
What Does an Air Handler Do?
An air handler regulates and circulates air within an HVAC system. Air
handlers are usually composed of a blower, heating and cooling elements,
filter racks, dampers and other components. They are connected to a system
of ducts that distribute conditioned air throughout a building, and then
return it to the handler. The air handler is also responsible for determining
whether the air cycling through your HVAC unit is warmer or cooler than
the outside air.
What Problems Can Occur With Air Handlers?
As with any appliance, you HVAC unit may encounter the occasional problem
that keeps it from running efficiently. Here some of the most common issues
air handlers tend to experience.
Leaks – The Florida heat can put added stress on your HVAC unit, meaning your air
handler may experience problems resulting from overexertion. When it’s
especially hot outside, condensation may build up in your air handler,
causing a leak. The water that leaks out accumulates in a drain pan located
directly below the air handler. Excessive water pooling around your drain
pan is an issue not to be overlooked, because it could cause algae to
build up and clog your drain lines.
Fan Unit Issues – The air handler works in unison with a fan unit to condition the air that
circulates throughout your home. While the air handler regulates and circulates
air, the fan unit helps to blow the air through ducts that reach into
the different areas of your home. As with the rest of your system, fan
units have to work harder to help deliver cool air when it’s hot
outside. This extra workload can sometimes cause the fan to break. If
you notice your home isn’t as cool as it should be, check the air
handler and the fan unit to see if that’s the source, or
call a technician to diagnose the issue.
When to Call An AC Professional
If your air handler is not working properly, neither is your entire HVAC
unit. While there’s never a convenient time for your home’s
heating and cooling system to malfunction, the experienced professionals
at Phoenix Air Conditioning are here to diagnose and fix your problem
quickly and efficiently. If you need emergency
AC repair services, call Phoenix Air now. And remember … we’ll have your problem
fixed today or you don’t pay™!