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Is Your Air Handler in Good Shape?

It’s almost time to begin using your heating system on a regular basis. Many homeowners throughout Illinois use a forced-air system such as a furnace, which is charged with the job of warming your home effectively and efficiently. The only way a furnace can do this is if it’s properly taken care of—and this includes each and every one of its components.

One of these components is the air handler, which is responsible for the movement of air throughout your ductwork. Air handlers vary from heating system to heating system. For example, a heat pump’s air handler will function differently than that of a furnace. However, no matter what type of heating system you have, our team can handle any troubles that come its way. But what can cause trouble for your air handler?

Burnt Out Motors

Your heating system’s motors are responsible for running the air handler fan. If these motors are not routinely maintained and cleaned, allowing for dust to enter the handler, the motors will be under a lot of strain while attempting to do their job. As a result, they will burn out. Dirty motor bearings are one of the top reasons a motor might burn out, and if this happens you need a professional to replace it ASAP.

Damaged Fan Belt

An air handler’s blower motor is probably the component most susceptible to damage. If the fan belt gets cracked or becomes loose, then it’s likely that it will damage other components inside the air handler. Therefore, it must be replaced as soon as you discover something is amiss. The most common sign of fan belt problems is a violent cracking sound as the furnace runs.

Clogged Air Filter

The air filter that came standard with your heating system is there to protect the inside components of that system. It prevents dirt, dust, and other debris from infiltrating the system and damaging components. Air filters must be changed every 1 to 3 months to reduce the chances of dirt buildup that can restrict airflow. If airflow is obstructed, then debris can reach the air handler and potentially damage it.

For furnace repairs and services in Lincolnwood, IL, contact Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning today.

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