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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.

Need Air Conditioner Service?

Contact the experts at Air Handlers.

Call us at 757-424-4836!

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Chesapeake, VA 23320

“I had Brandon come by my residence this morning for maintenance on my AC unit, and he was extremely professional. If all of your employees were as professional and knowledgeable as Brandon, then I highly recommend Air Handlers for all heating and cooling services. Thank you so much for all your help.” – Brian L.

Air Conditioner Repair in Chesapeake, VA 23321

“Purchased a home in November 2019. Heat worked fine during the winter, but when it came time for AC… it would not turn on. It was a complex Carrier HVAC system, so I called Air Handlers and they came out the next morning. They diagnosed the problem quickly, scheduled the repair a couple of days later, and now the system works perfectly. Very professional, on-time, and a very good value. I highly recommend…so much so that I signed a maintenance contract with them. Kevin (technician) was terrific!”

– Michael L.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Chesapeake, VA 23321

“Brandon visited us today to perform Spring Maintenance, and cleaned the Condenser as part of an upgraded program he offered us this year. Brandon is a courteous, professional, and knowledgeable technician who went about his work with proficiency and thoroughness. He is welcome at our home at any time, and represents Air Handlers in an outstanding manner. Bravo Zulu Brandon!”

– Dave R.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Virginia Beach, VA 23452

“Brandan was professional and polite and took the time to explain everything he was doing and what he found during each step of the process. He was personable and direct and informative. Brandan’s a great addition to your team, you can send him back here any time!”

– Shelley R.

Air Conditioner Repair in Virginia Beach, VA 23451

“Lee did a great job explaining and then repairing my problem”

– Bill G.

Air Conditioner Installation in Norfolk, VA 23509

“In July, we arrived home from vacation to a very warm house. A call was placed to Air Handlers and Lee was out that afternoon. The system was older and we knew it would probably need to be replaced. Josh brought by several window units to keep us cool while we waited for the installation. Lee and Brandon were exceptionally polite and efficient while working. Everything was installed properly (including some fixes to a venting pipe that was not installed correctly when the house was built) and they even let us keep some of the boxes for our bunny to play with :-). Working with Air Handlers was a pleasure and I would highly recommend them to anyone!”

– Sandi W.

Air Conditioner Repair in Virginia Beach, VA 23464

“Lee Myers arrived on time. He was professional and very courteous. He looked at the problem and knew immediately what need fixed. He made the repair and had our house running with cool air within half an hour. Would highly recommend him to anyone.”

– Patty G.

Air Conditioner Replacement in Virginia Beach, VA 23462

“Just few words about Brandon and Alex: very professional and knowledgeable persons, knew what they were doing and kept me informed all the time; good listeners; make up a good team. The work was finished as promised and no trash was left behind. Thank you Air Handlers for a job well done.”

– Victor M.

Air Conditioner Repair in Norfolk, VA 23508

“Easy scheduling, next day service, AC repaired. In & out in under 35 minutes! Great job, Lee!”

– Dorothy M.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Chesapeake, VA 23322

“Excellent service by Lee Myers!”

– Jim M.


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.