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 Repair in Virginia Beach, VA 23452

“Motor replaced by Brian Ruvelo. He was courteous, fast, and efficient. Outstanding.”

– Gary B.

Air Conditioner Installation in Chesapeake, VA 23320

“Another great experience with Air Handlers. Lee and Brandon did great work installing my new AC and furnace. They showed up on time, ready to rock. Don't know how they stayed so personable and enthusiastic while working in my uncomfortably hot attic, but they did. Highly satisfied with the quality of the work, the price, and the results.”

– Justin A.

Air Conditioner Repair in Norfolk, VA 23502

“I contacted the company on August 2, first thing in the morning, requesting someone come out and take a look at my air conditioner/filter. I contacted this company because my air filiter turned black within 30 days and I just didn't know what the issue was. The technician arrived around 10am and thoroughly checked out my entire air handler unit/system. Mr. Kevin Barnette arrived and was so friendly and eager to figure out what was wrong. He was extremely knowledgeable and answered all of my questions. He was able to diagnose the issue and provide recommendations promptly. I will summarize and say he provided outstanding customer service. I couldn't be more satisfied with the services received. I look forward to having Air Handlers complete my preventive maintenance as well as respond to any service calls (which I hope doesn't happen too frequently) I may have over the next several years. I greatly appreciate the expeditious service I received and I will highly recommend Air Handlers to all of my family and friends. Thank you!”

– Jillian N.

Air Conditioner Replacement in Virginia Beach, VA 23456

“Recently, we needed an HVAC replacement. We phoned Air Handlers and are happy to report that we had a very good experience. Despite a busy summer schedule, Air Handlers fit us in promptly. Lee Myers and team worked hard to meet our needs. We found everyone to be polite, prompt, diligent, and very hard-working. Would we recommend them? Yes, indeed!”

– Victor I.

Air Conditioner Replacement in Virginia Beach, VA 23464

“My ac thing outside stopped working, Thanks to Brandons fast work, our house was once cool again very quickly!”

– Rebecca C.

Air Conditioner Repair in Chesapeake, VA 23320

“Really impressed with how fast my Ac was back up and running in no time, thanks to Brandon!”

– Robert S.

Air Conditioner Repair in Chesapeake, VA 23324

“Kevin Barnette came out to do a repair when my AC went out. I was surprised how quick he was able to meet me and actually fix the unit. This summer has been blazing hot and if he didn’t repair it so quickly then my kids and I would of had to stay in a hotel. He was very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. He explained things so I could understand them, and the prices was very reasonable. If I have any more issues then I’ll call air handlers and ask for Kevin to be my repair man. Thank you so much!”

– Danielle I.

Air Conditioner Repair in Virginia Beach, VA 23453

“I noticed my house was getting warm but my AC was on so I looked at the thermostat and the temp. had gone up 2 degrees. I shut off the AC and called Air Handlers and talked to Lindsey. She said she would get someone out to me today. Lee Myers called and said he was on his way. When he arrived he was very polite and listened to what was happening. He checked the outside unit and found the problem. A very simple fix. The entire time Lee was at my house he was very professional and easy to talk to. He also gave me some good suggestions to help with the performance of my unit. Even though we have a Home Warranty we will not let anyone other than Air Handlers work on our system. They a A+ in my books.”

– Patricia R.

Air Conditioner Repair in Chesapeake, VA 23323

“My wife and I were concerned about the way our ac was performing during the hot summer days.
We called airhandlers who quickly had a tech at our home.
Kevin was great!!!
He even put on shoe covers to keep our home clean. After checking out the system he came back with lots of good information. He explained that the ac was working just fine and gave us some tips on keeping the system that way.
I highly recommend airhandlers for all your Hvac needs”

– David w.

Air Conditioner Repair in Chesapeake, VA 23323

“Kevin came out and did a repair and my maintenance agreement he was very nice and knowledgeable. He helped me understand what he changed and why it’s important to have a maintenance agreement. Definitely recommending air handlers to everyone looking for service.”

– Amanda B.


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.