A client in Pasadena, CA, called us in for an air conditioning installation. They have been experiencing poor HVAC system performance for quite a while now. Their inefficient AC unit was old, making their home uncomfortable and driving up their energy bill. After doing some research, they decided it was finally time to invest in a new air handler. After discussing all of the available options with them, we pulled the trigger on this Lennox air handler model. A few days later, we arrived at the location to begin work — everything was soon up and running. The client can now enjoy a cozy space that is also efficient. Working with the client on this AC installation project has been a breeze for our team.
Your HVAC systems have many important parts necessary to make them run. For example, your AC has a compressor, coils, blower fan, and heat exchanger. And your furnace is no different with its components: the blower motor, ignitor, flame sense wire, and gas valve. However, one component you may not necessarily know of by name is your air handler — but that does not mean it is any less integral to your home comfort.
The air handler is the part of the air conditioner or heat pump heating system located inside the home. It contains the blower fan, which pumps air into the duct network of the home. Its purpose is to take in air from the blower fan, clean it, and cool or heat it as needed. And then, the air handler sends the air out through the duct network to the rest of the house.
When you switch on your AC unit, the handler draws in outside airflow and runs it over a cooling coil. This process removes heat from the airflow, leaving it cooler and drier before it enters your home. Similarly, when your heater is turned on, the handler pulls in outside airflow and passes it over a heating coil. Again, it absorbs heat from the coil, warming the airflow before it enters your home.
The following scenarios may indicate that it is time to replace your air handler:
When the airflow over your interior coil is insufficient, the refrigerant in the coil cannot absorb enough heat, leading to a frozen air conditioner. The ice gradually accumulates over time, eventually obstructing airflow through the handler and preventing the refrigerant from warming up correctly. Modern air conditioners eventually have to turn off for the coil to thaw. Older air handlers often experience this problem.
Did you know that holes or significant gaps in the air handler can contribute to poor airflow? They may also contribute to poorer air quality by encouraging the growth of mold and mildew. A failing blower motor can cause excessive stress on coils and other crucial components, necessitating the total replacement of your air handler. Lastly, they can be an indication of a dying blower motor.
Is your air handler suffering from repeated breakdowns? In this case, you can replace your old and damaged air handler with a new, state-of-the-art system with an advanced condenser.
A broken air conditioner might be to blame if you cannot determine why your utility bills are so high. Yes, you can feel cozy, but a malfunctioning system will use much more electricity than it should. Consider replacing your air handler with a more effective one if a specialist determines it is a problem.
Not everyone is familiar with the intricacies of air conditioning. Yet, as a homeowner, you have had enough trouble with energy costs rising, so why not outsource to the experts? At Pioneers Heating and Air, we are always on hand to walk you through your options and answer any questions. We specialize in AC and air handler installation and can take care of everything, from sizing your new system to completing the installation. We also offer a wide variety of cooling and heating services, so you can be sure we have the perfect solution for your home or business space. Call us today to learn more.