Air Handler Repair in Phoenix, AZ
What Is an Air Handler & How Does It Work?
An air handler is a unit located in your home or building’s AC system that has a blower fan, heating and/or cooling parts, filters, and dampers. The unit controls how much air is sent out through the air conditioner or heater and also determines whether or not the air sent is warm or cool. The air handler connects to the ducts that distribute the conditioned air through the home or building and return it to the air handler through the return vent and air filter. Small air handlers for local use are called terminal units, and may only include an air filter, coil, and blower; these simple terminal units are called blower coils or fan coil units.
For air handler repair in Phoenix from technicians with over 20 years of experience, make sure to call Rainforest Plumbing & Air. Our fully licensed and insured team has the training, tools, and skill to repair your air handler and get your HVAC system working again ASAP. We pride ourselves on providing estimates that are timely, accurate, and fair, and with our up-front guarantee, you’ll never have to worry about last-minute tricks or hidden surcharges. Call today to request your estimate, and let our Phoenix air handler repair pros do what they do best.
To schedule an appointment with our Phoenix air handler repair experts, contact us at (602) 755-2995
What Are Some Signs of Trouble with an AC Air Handler Unit?
As Better Business Bureau-approved AC repair experts, Rainforest Plumbing & Air knows how to detect all potential issues with your air handler. Using the latest, industry-leading technology, we will work to not only identify the problem with your unit but also correct it—ideally all in one day. Arizona is too hot to go without a working AC unit, especially when the peak of summer rolls around. Let our Phoenix air handler repair team take care of your unit’s issues, and enjoy more reliable cooling relief this summer and beyond.
Common signs of an air handler issue include:
- Fan Unit Problems: The fan unit that works in conjunction with the air handler in your unit is what actually blows the air throughout your home or commercial building. These fans work hard in Arizona, and if your unit starts making strange noises or fails to blow at all, the main air conditioning fan may need to be replaced.
- Condensate Leaks: One of the most common air handler problems in Arizona is condensate pan leaks. AC units in the Phoenix area work hard during the summer and create a lot of condensation that will accumulate in the pan below the air handler. When algae build up in the lines it can create a drain clog, causing the pan to overflow and potentially leading to water damage. In some cases, bugs or mice have also entered the drain line from the outside of the house and clogged the line. If you ever see moisture or water pooling below your air handler, a condensation leak is usually the cause.
- Dirty AC Blowers: The filters in your home’s air handling unit protect its blower assembly. The typical air conditioning system circulates air through a “squirrel cage” blower fan in your home’s ductwork. It is very important for you to check and change air filters at least monthly when the system is in use. The blades of a squirrel-cage fan are cupped in order to cause the spinning cage to move air. Dirt accumulation on the blades fills in this concave area, ultimately changing the “cup” to a simple flat surface. The fan will spin just fine, but the airflow will be greatly reduced. Sometimes, the cubic feet-per-minute of air conditioning airflow can literally double when a very dirty fan of this type is cleaned or replaced.
- Contaminated Blower Compartments: Contaminated blower compartments carry a risk to indoor air quality as well as health issues in buildings. Leaks into the blower compartment of an HVAC air handler invite mold problems, too. Mice in HVAC systems are a potential viral or bacterial hazard as well. These conditions suggest that there have not been regular inspections of the equipment, which is why we recommend periodic AC maintenance.
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What Do I Do If There is a Problem with My Home’s Air Handler Unit?
Many people confuse the air handler with the condenser unit outside. But the outside unit’s fan only helps cool the coils that assist your system’s condenser. If you suspect any problems with your air handler unit, make sure to give us a call and schedule service from a Rainforest Plumbing & Air certified HVAC technician right away. Without a functioning air handler unit, your AC system will be obsolete. And the longer you wait to deal with air handler problems, the worse they are likely to get. Fortunately, our technicians will do everything in their power to ensure you don’t have to replace your entire AC system, offering affordable financing options and payment plans as well as specials to suit any budget.
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