Your central air conditioning system is a wonderful and comfort-producing mechanism that, when taken care of, can bring you a lot of joy and relaxation during the summer months as well as improve air quality for you and your family. Fixing or replacing your AC system is not a DIY project for various reasons. Technical expertise, local ordinances and safety concerns are just a few of the important reasons a professional is required to fix or replace any AC unit. 

Hal Watson technicians are highly trained to provide exceptional HVAC services. With extensive training on the latest technologies and products, Hal Watson is leading the area in quality service and support. Although many situations require a trained technician to address, there are actually several things that you can personally do to help keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. 

Here are some things you can do to help with life of your unit:

  • Check your AC unit’s air filter regularly. Dirty filters restrict the air flow intake and can damage your AC system. Restricted air flow can make your system work harder for longer periods of time. This puts more stress on your unit and can reduce the life of your system. Checking and changing out your AC air filter is a very low-cost and important way to help maximize the life of your air conditioning system.
  • Check your thermostat. Sometimes, the issue regarding an AC unit is not with the unit itself, but with controls and electrical breakers. Check the thermostat to make sure it is working correctly. Make sure that the batteries are good and that the settings for the thermostat are correct. If you find that you need a thermostat replaced, Hal Watson can assist you with the new thermostat installation.
  • Check your electrical circuit breaker. In addition to the thermostat, sometimes, for various reasons, the AC unit can trip a circuit breaker and render the unit without power. Check the circuit breaker associated with the AC unit to make sure it has not been tripped. If you are worried that the breaker is not the correct breaker for the system, Hal Watson can assist in helping you determine what size breaker you need. 
  • Make sure the coils of your AC unit are clean. The outside coils of your AC unit need to be clean to run efficiently. Its purpose is to help the system to absorb the outside heat and assist the refrigerant. Coils that are dirty or damaged can affect your system dramatically. This can affect how long the unit runs and ultimately can increase your cooling bill.
  • Make sure that the condensate drain line is working properly. The condensate drain line is usually a PVC pipe that runs from your inside AC unit to the outside of your house. The purpose of this line is to peel the accumulated condensation that is created by your AC unit. A clogged condensate drain line can damage your system if not addressed. If you know of or suspect that your drain line is clogged, Ha Watson can help identify if the line is clogged and can assist with the clearing of that line. 

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