Your furnace can burn as efficiently as possible, but if your blower or air handler isn’t working, it’s all wasted fuel. Your air handler is the component of your system that keeps the air flowing through your home.
Here are the three parts of your air handler:
- The motors. They power the blower wheel.
- The housing. This frame protects the motor and wheels from dust and other contaminants.
- The wheel. This the fan that the motor runs to move the air. Many refer to it as the “squirrel cage.”
Good air-handler maintenance basically boils down to keeping this component clean. Make sure to change your furnace air filter on a regular basis. When replacing it, inspect the blower and use a damp rag to clean off any accumulated lint, dust or dirt. Keeping it clean lengthens the air handler’s life and keeps it running at a high efficiency rate.
No matter how well you take care of your furnace, however, air handlers will always be the part of your furnace that breaks down the most. If it does, you may panic thinking your entire furnace needs replaced. Fortunately, repairing or replacing the blower is an easy — and far more affordable — fix, especially when handled by a trained HVAC technician.
If you suspect you’re having issues with your air handler, contact us at Smoky Mountain Heating & Air. Our technicians are trained to handle advanced air-handler maintenance, keeping your system up and running — and you comfortable — all year long.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air-handler maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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