Air Conditioning

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Air Handlers is your #1 HVAC contractor in Chesapeake, VA and the surrounding communities. We are the leading company for all of your air conditioning needs. If you need repairs, maintenance, or a brand new system installed, the technicians at Air Handlers are the qualified and professional crew for the job.

We provide the highest quality service for your air conditioner. We also aim to educate and inform our customers. Informed decisions are good decisions. We want you to feel confident we are qualified to perform the service for which you are hiring us.

Air Conditioning Basics

The four main components to your air conditioner are:

Condenser: The condenser is the outside metal unit and where the gas from the compressor is condensed into a liquid. The gas entering the condenser is very hot. The temperature is then lowered, so the gas can convert back to a liquid.

Compressor: The compressor is inside the condenser. It circulates the pressurized refrigerant, to concentrate the heat, and changes the low pressure gas to high pressure.

Evaporator: The evaporator is the part of the system inside the home. In simple language, it absorbs the heat from your home.

Expansion Valve: The expansion valve controls the amount of refrigerant in your system.

All of these pieces are connected by a copper tube that handles refrigerant, creating a closed loop. Heat is collected in the evaporator, sent outside to the condenser. The heat is removed, and the cool air is recirculated back into your home.

AC Facts

An Air Conditioner Doesn’t Create Cool Air.
What happens in the AC process is actually the removal of heat from the air. Your AC uses a chemical called refrigerant to remove heat and transfer it outside. The warm air runs through the lines and coils in your unit and goes from liquid to gas and back again. During this process, the refrigerant removes the heat and transfers it elsewhere so that when the air comes out the other side, it is cool.

Your AC Will Remove Humidity.
Lower humidity helps the overall comfort level in your home by making you feel cooler, even if the temperature is the same.

Your Air Filter Needs To Be Checked And Replaced Every Three To Six Months.
(depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations)
A dirty air filter restricts your air flow, which reduces efficiency, costing you money, and over time can put stress on your unit and could cause a costly repair.

Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance.
Your air conditioner needs regular checkups to keep it running in tip-top shape. Having regular annual preventative maintenance will bring your system longer life and fewer breakdowns over all.

SEER
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures air conditioning and heat pump cooling efficiency, which is calculated by the cooling output for a typical cooling season divided by the total electric energy input during the same time frame. A higher SEER rating means greater energy efficiency.

At Air Handlers, we provide all the services you need to keep your AC running in top-notch shape. Call us at 757-424-4836 for repairs, maintenance, or new-system installation.

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Air Conditioner Replacement in Virginia Beach, VA 23450

“Where to begin with such a WONDERFUL experience. I choose 6 contractors off Angie’s List. With each one I explained 3 things that I was looking to change about my HVAC system (comfort in the summer, 2 rooms were always hotter or colder than the others and my old unit was noisy, you could hear the air flow) and ask for their suggestions. Three of the 6 gave me similar results! You need new duct work! I was expecting that since I knew my actic was unusually comfortable in the summer when it was over 100* outside and with the duct work hard and inflexible it was obvious it was old and deteriating.

Second suggestion was a Variable Speed Unit for constant air flow and Humidity control. Ok so these things come with a price I was expecting that. Josh with Air Handlers was wonderful at explaining what we needed and gave us the why behind his suggestions (his words reflected 1 other contractor we had quoted with, narrowing down our choices).

Where Josh stood out was he knew that the unit we really needed would require new duct work explaining that due to the dehumidifying function that the old duct work would sweat and eventually damage the Attic and Ceiling. He also stated “He would NOT install that unit unless we replaced the ducts”.

INTEGRITY something as a salesperson myself I look for. He was willing to walk away if the job was not done right. I knew before they showed up that I would need new duct work so I had asked each contractor after they gave me their suggestions about replacing the duct work and the 3 that had not suggested new duct work were planning on putting in the same type unit and said that duct work was to costly (not their decision to make, besides they should of pointed out the consequences if I had not replaced it).

After a lot of research online about the unit Josh had suggested “The Carrier Infinity” I realized that was due to my concern over comfort in the summer! Boy people are passionate about there HVAC systems. Done, I knew Air Handler’s was winning my business. I had no idea how easy this was going to be. Josh explained it could be a 3-5 day job with new duct work. Brian the installer lead was prompt and showed up exactly each day when he advised us he would and got right to work. They protected my property with flooring protection and cleaned up each day after themselves. If it weren’t for the 2 to 4 trucks outside nobody would have even noticed I was having work done.

They are smaller company 2 installers and 2 technicians but they provided excellent service and were very prompt. I wish I would have gotten the names of the other 3 guys who were wonderful and took those extra steps to insure I was aware of what they were doing and showing us how the machine worked. They worked with us on a few extra changes mid-job with no complaints (I asked for risers to raise the outside unit and my husband wanted all new duct covers).

If you need HVAC work and look for INTEGRITY, GREAT SERVICE and PROMPTNESS these are your guys (and the ladies in the office were wonderful as well). When friends and neighbors asked us who I suggest Air Handlers Mechanical Services, Inc. will be my suggestion. My neighbor also used them the next week and had duct worked replaced as well and she had nothing but positive comments about her experience. She had contacted them after I gave her their name from Angie’s List and was impressed with the time Bill had spent explaining things to her ( she commented that she had done 10 quotes with other companies and they by far stood out).”

– Mike F.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Chesapeake, VA 23322

“Lee and the other gentleman did a professional job and took care their mess that was generated by the old unit. Protected my carpet and did awesome work!”

– James K.


Air Handlers is a full service heating and air conditioning company. Providing outstanding customer service and HVAC repair, service and installation to Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, parts of Suffolk and the surrounding communities.