Any use for Furnace Air Handlers?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Focus on the Workspace forum

Forum topic by Scott posted 693 days ago 1301 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Scott's profile


89 posts in 1555 days

693 days ago

We are about to replace both of our A/C’s and gas furnaces due to age and failure. The air handlers in each are still functioning so I was wondering if there is any value in stripping those out and using them for something else or even trying to sell them? I don’t have an immediate need but I hate to see them go to the landfill. And, if anyone in No. Va. is interested, let me know.

10 replies so far

View dbhost's profile


5377 posts in 1815 days

#1 posted 693 days ago

The Squirrel cage fans and motors can be reused to shop build ambient air cleaners for shop use…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

View jlasersmith's profile


45 posts in 734 days

#2 posted 693 days ago

I recently came across a fan and a motor and was wondering what to do with it. I was thinking some sort of air cleaner or dust collector.

-- I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different. -Kurt Vonnegut

View DannyJ's profile


23 posts in 695 days

#3 posted 693 days ago

I’m in the process of building a sanding table that will include a furnace blower, see attached. It is also designed to function as a shop air cleaner, with space for 24×24x4 first stage filter and 24×24x6 HEPA filter.

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

-- Danny, Houston, TX

View Scott's profile


89 posts in 1555 days

#4 posted 693 days ago

Thanks for inspiration. I’ll try to pull one or both while the guys are here Friday.

View waho6o9's profile


4688 posts in 1160 days

#5 posted 693 days ago

Care to make a sander with one of your motors?

View JesseTutt's profile


792 posts in 693 days

#6 posted 691 days ago

I have vents on the side walls of my shop up by the peak of the roof. I put furnace blower fans in each. Now when it is cool outside i turn the fans on and they suck out the hot air and pull in cool air.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

View CessnaPilotBarry's profile


876 posts in 693 days

#7 posted 691 days ago

You could also use the surplus handler to ventilate a spray booth for non-flammable finishes.

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

View Dustmite97's profile


430 posts in 1803 days

#8 posted 687 days ago

I’ve been wanting to make an air cleaner with an air handler for a while now.

View Bernie's profile


414 posts in 1420 days

#9 posted 686 days ago

When sanding on the workbench, I place an ordinary box fan with a furnace filter taped over the intake side which faces my work area. When I’m done, I take it outside to tap the duct off of it. It’s not the best solution – but it works…

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

View hairy's profile (online now)


1969 posts in 2115 days

#10 posted 685 days ago

Here’s what I did.

Put them on craigslist for $20, they should go quick.

-- brown shoes don't make it...

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase