Air Handler Maintenance

by | May 15, 2017 | Air Handlers

Technician with a clipboard talking to a woman about her air handler maintenance in Nags Head,  NC.

All the air in your house goes through your air handler, and keeping it in tip-top shape only has benefits for you and your home. Regularly scheduled maintenance on your air handler keeps you healthier, extends the life of the unit, and contributes to HVAC higher efficiency and lower bills here in Nags Head, NC. Beach Air Heating & Cooling has certified technicians who can handle this for you.

Why Schedule Regular Maintenance?

Your air handler works hard to circulate the conditioned air throughout your home without much fuss. It’s like the silent partner in your HVAC system. Regularly scheduled maintenance makes all the difference in it running smoothly and having a long life.

Keep Your Air Clean
There are several benefits for you, as well as the actual unit, in keeping your air handler in good working order. Since the air handler’s main purpose is to circulate conditioned air, regularly cleaning and tuning your unit will keep your air cleaner. Bacteria, allergens, and mold can build up in the unit’s drain, and cleaning these can prevent them from overtaking your ducts and getting to your lungs.

Save Money
Regular maintenance can also save you money. When your air handler is properly maintained, it can save you as much as 30 percent on your monthly energy bill, and it reduces the number of repairs needed overall. On top of that, having all the components cleaned and looked at regularly extends the life of your air handler.

What’s Involved?

There are a couple DIY tasks you can manage in between your annual or biannual professional maintenance appointments. The first, and most important, is to change your filter regularly, every one to six months, depending on if you have allergies, pets, or smokers in your home. Keeping the filter clear is the biggest priority.

The second thing you can do, according to many professionals, is to keep the air handler drain clear by pouring a quarter cup of bleach down it a couple times a year. The bleach will kill any type of bacteria and mold building up and will prevent your drain from overflowing due to these clogs.

The rest of the maintenance needs to be done by a professional. Some of the tasks our professionals perform during a maintenance appointment are:

  • Cleaning, heating, and cooling coils
  • Cleaning and adjusting dampers and actuators
  • Fixing any leaks in the air handler cabinet and supply ducts
  • Cleaning, checking, lubricating, and replacing belts, bearings and fans
  • Replacing filters
  • Balancing ventilation air distribution
  • Tuning up air handler controls
  • Vacuuming inside the entire unit
  • Checking and cleaning the condensate drain and pan
  • Checking the bypass valve

At Beach Air Heating & Cooling, we take maintenance very seriously. There’s a lot riding on the regular care of your HVAC system, so have your air handler maintained on a regular basis to uphold its peak performance. Call us today at 252-473-1995 to set up your appointment or request service online!

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Beach Air Heating & Cooling services Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Manns Harbor, Manteo, Nags Head, Southern Shores, Wanchese, and the surrounding North Carolina communities with their heating and cooling needs. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 252-473-1995, or request service online today.

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