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Is Your Furnace Air Handler in Good Shape?

It is almost time to start using our heating systems on a regular basis, and if you are anything like the average homeowner throughout Washington, you likely have a forced-air heating system, such as a furnace, tasked with the job of warming your home this coming winter. Furnaces are highly reliable and efficient system, so long as each of their components is cared for properly.

One of these essential components is the air handler—responsible for the movement of air through your ductwork. Air handlers are different from heating system to heating system, so the air handler used in a heat pump will have different repair requirements than the one in your furnace. Fortunately for you, our team can handle any air handler troubles you may have. Keep reading for a few of the most common problems with this component.

Burnt Out Motor

The motors in your furnace are tasked with running the air handler fan. If these motors aren’t regularly maintained and cleaned—or if a significant amount of dust enters the handler—then the motors will strain to work. Eventually, they will burn out as a result. Dirty motor bearings are one of the most common reasons that a motor will burn out—and if it does you need a professional to replace it right away.

Damaged Fan Belt

The blower motor fan belt in your air handler is one of your furnace components that is the most prone to damage. If this fan belt becomes cracked or loose, it is likely to damage other components inside the air handler. For this reason, it must be replaced as soon as you discover something is wrong. The most common sign of fan belt trouble is a violent cracking sound as your furnace runs.

Clogs in the Air Filter

The air filter that comes with your furnace is designed to protect the inside components of that system from dirt, dust, and other debris. Air filters should be changed every 1-3 months to prevent buildup that can restrict airflow. If airflow is disrupted, then debris may be able to reach the air handler and damage it.

To schedule Coeur d’Alene, WA air handler services today, just contact ACI Northwest!

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