Does an Air Handler and Condenser Have to Match? - Ask the Expert Episode 131

Sometimes you just have to replace the air handler or condenser part of your heating and air conditioning system without replacing the whole thing. But do the air handler and condenser have to match?

Video Script:

"Can a heat pump be replaced without having to replace the air handler?" The answer is yes, but with some caveats.

You have to make sure the units you have match appropriately. You can't just go to a store and buy the first condenser you see and match it with the air handler in your house. They might work together. They might not.

A good start would be to make sure that the brands are matched. Then you could look up on HRI to see if they're matched to work together. Or you could ask the manufacturer. Then you will want to make sure they have the same refrigerant.

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2 comments (view/add)
  • Arthur
    Posted on 10/31/2018

    How low to the floor can I mount the airhander?

  • Kyle
    Kyle from Ingrams
    Posted on 10/31/2018

    Technically, you could mount a ductless mini-split air handler quite lower to the floor. You should always leave at least a foot of space to allow for proper airflow. That being said, you will get much better performance the higher on the wall you place the interior unit.

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