Air Handlers

An air handler is an essential component of many HVAC systems, but it’s also a cause of confusion for many homeowners. Although air handlers work in tandem with air conditioners and heat pumps, they perform different functions.  Contact W.L. Staton for all of your air handler service needs.

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Almost every home in the United States relies on air conditioning units to help keep them cool during the summer. If you have a split A/C unit, then you have probably heard the term ‘air handler’ from your air conditioning technician. An air handler is an essential part of your A/C unit that is in charge of creating cool air for your home. In order to create a clearer understanding of the workings of your air conditioner, this article focuses on air handlers and how they work.

Definition of Air Handler

The air handler is the inside portion of a split air conditioning unit. It is in charge of conditioning the air inside of your home to make it comfortable. It does this by pulling in warm air, passing it over the evaporator coils to help cool it down. It then blows the conditioned air back into your home, giving you some relief from the heat. This process may sound simple, but there are three major components that are essential for the air handler to do its job correctly:

1. Air Filter

The air filter is located between the intake vent and the fan of the air handler. Its job is to make sure the air being pulled into the system is clean before it becomes cool. It does this by catching dirt, pet dander, and airborne contaminants. If left in the air, these contaminants can cause those in the home to become ill. It is important to ensure that you clean or change your air filter monthly. Doing this will allow the air to flow more smoothly and keep it cleaner for you and your family.

2. Evaporator Coils

The evaporator coils are the components of the air handler that is in charge of cooling down your air. Refrigerant, held in the outside unit, is pumped out as high temperature, high-pressure gas into the air handler. Next, the valve inside of the air handler converts the refrigerant from a gas form into a liquid by lowering the pressure, which results in the temperature going down. The liquid is then pumped into the coils. Warm, purified air is passed over the top of the evaporator coils. The liquid refrigerant in the coils begins to cool down the air. The hot temperature pulled from the air coming in results in the refrigerant being changed into a gas. The condensed refrigerant is pushed back through the vents to the outdoor unit where the process will begin all over again.

3. Blower

The blower is a simple device in your air handler that has an essential function. It pushes the cool air from the handler back out into your home. The blower works continuously when your unit is on resulting in it being under a lot of strain. When it comes to air conditioning repairs, the blower is one of the components to be a source of the problem. Especially when the temperature is constantly being switched back and forth by those living in the home.

If you are experiencing problems with your air conditioning unit, contact the dedicated technicians at W.L. Staton. We have been working with components from both air handlers, single system AC units, and heaters for years and know them like the back of our hand. We can help you get your system up and running quickly, making sure that you do not miss one moment of a nice cool summer.

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Megan FrommMegan Fromm
18:37 21 Jun 22
Great experience with this company. They were able to diagnose and fix our issues so quickly, and the technician (Shawn) took lots of time to answer all my questions. We had a tricky place to tuck in our new hot water heater, and he made sure everything fit right, even though it meant running back out to get a different piece/fitting. Everything was cleaned up and working when he left--couldn't be happier!
Jen GinsburgJen Ginsburg
20:34 16 Jun 22
I called and the receptionist was very friendly and had Joe come out the same day. Joe explained everything he was going to do and kept me informed. He was very kind and easy to communicate with. Job was finished very quickly but Thoroughly he even looked at my faucet that was a bit loose. I would highly recommend WL Staton plumbing company.Happy customerJ. Ginsburg
Angela BalsamoAngela Balsamo
13:23 31 May 22
We signed up for their maintenance agreement, which provides us with a Spring/Summer system check and a Fall/Winter check, and recently had the technicians out for our first check of the year. They were extremely professional, took lots of detailed notes and pictures of the system (which, we found out is because IF we ever have a problem in the future they'll already know what parts the unit uses and have them on the truck so repairs can go faster!), opened up the outside unit to make sure there were no potential problems (mostly looking for nests or animals of any kind since that's been a problem in our neighborhood), and even swapped out the filter. Within minutes of leaving, I received a fully detailed report from the technician complete with all the pictures they took. Knowing the system has been thoroughly inspected and giving a clean bill of health, is a huge weight off my mind.
Joan CourtneyJoan Courtney
03:03 24 May 22
This was a complicated and serious job. The team had to dig a 4 foot wide by 10 feet deep trench to get to the sewer pipes.This team worked straight through and took the time to explain everything to me and my husband. They did a fantastic job. I would highly recommend this company.
Me MeMe Me
01:54 24 May 22
Justin was absolutely PHENOMENAL!!! He went above and beyond. I was so impressed, especially since we've had nothing but bad experiences with every contractor thus far during home renovations. He came out to give me an estimate and offered to do some minor plumbing I needed done that same day. Justin also saw I needed some help moving and lifting some things and took it upon himself to take care of it for me. After my experience with him today, I felt no need to seek out any other company or estimates. He was the guy for the job. In fact, I've hired this company (Justin) to do additional work I need done. He was on time friendly, professional, very thorough and explained everything to me and made sure I understood. This is the first review I have ever done on any company and their work. 10 stars if I could! Absolutely fantastic! Highly, Highly recommend!! I can't say enough. Thanks again Justin!!
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