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Tips for Improving Your Air Conditioner’s Performance

AC Service Tips For Your Home

With warmer weather quickly approaching, it’s time to think about turning on your AC. But before you do so, it’s a good idea to have your air conditioning system checked out to make sure it’s running at its full potential. You don’t want for the hot summer months to roll around, and you’re facing a too-warm house and astronomical energy bills. The HVAC professionals at Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling can check your AC system to make sure it’s operating at peak capacity and efficiency before the temperatures outdoors soar. Staying on top of these common air conditioner problems can extend the life of your system and keep you cool during Central Ohio’s hot summer months.

  1. Low refrigerant level. Refrigerant is the substance that cools the air as it flows from the AC unit through the ducts into your house. If the refrigerant level is low and needs a recharge, you’ll definitely notice it. For starters, it won’t feel very cool inside your home and the AC will run for longer and longer cycles. This causes increased utility bills — it’s a chain reaction. Leaks are nearly always the cause of low refrigerant levels, and this is not a repair that you want to attempt yourself. Atlas Butler’s licensed technicians will find the leaks and repair them.
  2. Insulation. The pipes attached to your AC unit should be insulated. Insulation keeps pipes cooler and also protects them from the elements, as well as condensation, which can cause numerous cooling system performance. Your service professional from Atlas Butler will check the insulation around your AC’s pipes and remove or rotted sections and replace them.
  3. Leaks. We’ve touched on refrigerant leaks, but they are not something to gloss over. Low levels of refrigerant can damage your AC system, not to mention that your home isn’t being cooled properly. Refrigerant that drips your AC unit is extremely toxic and can damage the environment. There are several ways that your Atlas Butler plumber can check for leaks, but the most common is the use of an electronic leak detector, which has a high degree of accuracy. The repair will depend on the location of the leak and could range from completely replacing the coil to fixing part of a damaged pipe.
  4. Airflow imbalance. Are there rooms in your house that feel cooler (or warmer) than others? If so, it may be a symptom of unbalanced airflow. Atlas Butler can help you with that by checking the ductwork and making sure that it’s not clogged by dust and dirt or have any leaks. We use square footage to calculate how much airflow is needed for each room. Fixes could be easy as adjusting the returns and registers throughout your house by adjusting the dampers in your ductwork.

If your AC is due for its annual safety check up and cleaning, contact Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling at 614-681-2167 or schedule an appointment online.

Your call will be answered by a live voice 24/7, and with our Same-Day Comfort Pledge, we’ll be there that day. We have the largest fleet and crew in the Central Ohio area, fully stocked trucks and access to parts 24 hours a day. That means we can get the parts needed to get your AC back up and running quickly.

In the event that your AC unit is not repairable, we also provide AC installation services. Our service technicians are trained to install the new unit. All of our work is backed by a two-year, 100% money-back guarantee.

March 9th, 2020|A/C, ac maintenance|

Signs Your Air Conditioner is on Its Last Legs

Summer will be here before you know it, so it’s not too soon to start thinking about your air conditioner. Will your air conditioner make it through another hot Ohio summer? The average life of a central air conditioning system is 10-15 years – if it’s properly maintained. If you are having ongoing issues with your home not being cool enough and requiring constant service calls, it might be time to pull the plug and get a new A/C.  The service team at Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling provides AC repairs as well as complete installation of new systems. We offer same-day service calls, so you don’t have to swelter!

Here are five signs that your A/C needs to be replaced.

  1. The system is not cooling. This symptom is fairly obvious. If your A/C is simply not cooling your home, no matter how many times it’s been repaired, then it’s time to consider replacing it. There could be many reasons why the A/C isn’t working properly. There could be a refrigerant leak, or blocked air ducts or major components, like the compressor, on the brink of failure. The unit may also be the wrong size for your house or is simply at the end of its lifecycle.
  2. Increasing utility bills. If your house doesn’t feel cool, the natural reaction is to lower the thermostat. This causes the AC to run more to try to keep up with demand. Aging units simply can’t keep up. This can result in the lines “freezing” or the compressor burning out. In the long run, your energy bills will keep increasing as your A/C unit continues to age. If you suspect that your bills are higher, review your electric bill and compare usage to last year. If the temperatures were similar and your usage is higher, chances are your A/C unit is starting to decline.
  3. Unpleasant smells. Ideally, your AC unit should be emitting cool air with no noticeable odor. If you smell a burning, smoky odor, then that indicates that a part may be burning out. A musty smell is a sign of mold and is most likely caused by a leak, probably water. Leaking refrigerant has a pungent odor. The substance itself is toxic and any suspected leaks should be checked out as soon as possible.
  4. Strange sounds. Ideally, your air conditioner should sound like ambient noise, just a quiet hum in the background. If you hear unusual sounds like grinding, banging, popping or squealing, those are signs that something isn’t right. These sounds could indicate problems with the coil, compressor or blower. They could also mean there is a leak.
  5. Weak/poor airflow. Your air conditioner should force a strong flow of cold air through your vents. If the air coming from the vents feels warm, there may be a problem with the compressor.  In some cases, replacing the compressor is expensive and depending on the age of the unit, that money may be better spent on a new A/C unit.  If the airflow is weak, any number of things could be happening including a dirty filter, obstructions in the air ducts or an issue with the furnace blower. Poor airflow and ventilation can also aggravate conditions like allergies and asthma.

The professionals at Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling can help you put that tired old A/C unit out of its misery by replacing it with a newer, energy-efficient model. We offer full-service AC installation and can help you make that important decision to replace your central air conditioner. We understand that it’s a major investment and not something to be taken lightly. After installation, we’ll consult with you about a preventive maintenance schedule to keep your AC humming along smoothly and keeping your home cool and comfortable. Call us at 614-681-2167 or schedule an appointment.

February 29th, 2020|A/C, A/C installation|

How Clean Air Ducts Affect Your HVAC’s Performance

Since it’s hidden from view, many people tend to overlook their air ducts. The ductwork in your home distributes hot or cold air throughout your home and when properly maintained, helps your system maintain the correct temperature, promote circulation and ventilation, and improve healthy air quality throughout your house. Dirty or leaking ducts waste energy and can trigger medical conditions such as allergies and asthma.  The HVAC professionals at Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling can inspect your ductwork, make any necessary repairs, and give them a thorough cleaning.

Here are some signs that your ductwork needs attention:

  1. Higher energy bills. If your heating and cooling bills are inching (or jumping) up, leaking air ducts could be the cause. Dirt and debris can clog registers and returns that restrict airflow. Also, build-up around mechanical parts of the HVAC system can hinder its performance.
  2. Dust emits from the registers. That’s a sure sign that your air ducts need a thorough cleaning. If you notice a more frequent and heavier build-up of dust on surfaces around your home than usual, you probably need your ducts cleaned. Or, at the minimum, have the air filters replaced.
  3. Worsening upper respiratory conditions. If anybody in your household suffers from allergies, asthma or other conditions, poor indoor air quality definitely isn’t helping. Your air ducts can harbor dust mites, dirt, pollen, pet dander, and even mold. All of these can contaminate the air, which can cause coughing and breathing problems.

Check out our Duct Cleaning video to learn more about the benefits of having your ductwork cleaned.

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends getting your air ducts cleaned every three-to-five years. This timeframe might be shorter for you if you live in an area where there is a lot of dust, if you have indoor pets, household members smoke, or if anybody in the family has a chronic respiratory condition such as asthma.  A study by the NADCA also revealed that air duct cleaning of heavily-soiled systems can reduce energy bills by 11%.

Atlas Butler’s team of experienced HVAC professionals can do an inspection of your ducts to see if they need to be cleaned and give you an estimate. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions and provide service for your HVAC systems. We have the largest crew and fleet in the Central Ohio area and the only one to offer our Same Day Comfort Pledge. Call us at 614-681-2167 or visit scheduling page to book an appointment. While you’re at it, ask us about our Comfort Club, where you can save on routine maintenance, repairs, and annual tune-ups.

February 15th, 2020|air ducts, air quality|

WAGFest

WAG!, beloved by pet owners and their BFFs (Best Furry Friends), was created as a means to celebrate our canine-human friendships. It’s a FREE and fun event for dogs and their people…and so much more. It’s also the biggest event in Ohio helping dogs in need, bringing dog-serving rescue groups and organizations together with thousands of donors and potential adopters.

WAG! Is a full day of activities and treats for the entire family. Dog-related activities include agility demonstrations, swimming at Water Bark Beach and a cool place to take a break at the Atlas Butler Ice Castle.

August 18th, 2018|Community|

Clear the Shelters 2018

Atlas Butler proudly supported the NBC4 Clear the Shelters Pet Adoption event on August 18th.  Several county shelters across Central Ohio were able to find homes for furry friends in need.  In 2017, over 2,000 animals were rescued nationwide thanks to these efforts.

For more information on the Clear the Shelters pet adoption campaign and how you can help, click here: https://www.nbc4i.com/community/clear-the-shelters

August 18th, 2018|Community|

Kiwanis Corporate Regatta

Congratulations to our Residential Comfort Advisors on their win at this year’s Kiwanis Corporate Regatta!!  The Kiwanis Corporate Regatta supports the Summer Reading Program for the Columbus Public Libraries.  Over the years Kiwanis has raised more than $250,000 for this program.  Atlas Butler has had a long-standing relationship with the Kiwanis organization and its many fund-raising events for various organizations throughout Columbus and Central Ohio.

August 16th, 2018|Community|

$10 Donation From Every Service Call to Go to the Columbus Humane

During the Winter Games, Atlas Butler will donate $10 of every service call to Columbus Humane, previously known as Capital Area Humane Society. Columbus Humane’s mission is to fight animal cruelty, help animals in need and advocate for their well-being.  Thank you for your support!

January 8th, 2018|Community|

2017 Scholar Athlete Awards: Atlas Butler Is Proud To Sponsor The Next Generation

The team at Atlas Butler takes pride in being part of the community. Our customers are our family, friends, and neighbors, and that’s why we’re proud to sponsor the 2017 Scholar Athlete Awards, which has awarded over $94,000 in scholarships to central Ohio students.

Watch the video below to see why this amazing program is so important to us.

June 6th, 2017|Community|

Important Alert: 5.6 Million Dehumidifiers Recalled

If you own a dehumidifier purchased between January 2005 and August 2013, it may be subject to a safety recall. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 5.6 million dehumidifiers manufactured by Gree® and Midea® and sold under many popular retail brands.

Gree-manufactured units have reportedly caught fire, causing a reported $19 million in damage, and Midea-manufactured units have caused a reported $4.8 million in damage.

If you purchased a dehumidifier between January 2005 and August 2013, follow these steps immediately:

1. Locate the model number.

The model number is typically found on the front, side, or back of the unit on a nameplate sticker.

2. Check if your model is affected by visiting each manufacturer’s website or by calling them. It is important to check each website or call each number.

Click here to check the Gree website.
Or call 1-866-853-2802 from 8am to 6pm, Monday through Friday.

Click here to check the Midea website.
Or call 1-800-600-3055 from 8am to 7pm, Monday through Friday.

Click here to check the Midea—GE and Professional Series brands website.
Or call 1-800-638-2772 from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

3. If your unit is on any recall list, unplug it immediately.

Call the manufacturer using the phone numbers above for further safety instructions and to determine if you’re eligible for a refund.

The list below contains affected brands. Please visit the manufacturers’ websites for up-to-date information.

Gree Recall Brands:

Danby
De’Longhi
Fedders
Fellini
Frigidaire
GE
Gree
Kenmore
Norpole
Premiere
Seabreeze
SoleusAir
SuperClima

Midea Recall Brands:

Airworks
Alen
Arctic King
Arcticaire
Beaumark
Comfort Star
ComfortAire
Continental Electric
Coolworks
Crosley
Daewoo
Danby
Danby Designer
Dayton
Degree
Diplomat
Edgestar
Excell
Fellini
Forest Air
Frigidaire
GE
Grunaire
Hanover
Homestyles
Honeywell
Hyundai
Ideal Air
Kenmore
Keystone
Kul
Midea
Nantucket
Ocean Breeze
Pelonis
Perfect Aire
Perfect Home
Polar Wind
Premiere
Professional Series
Royal Sovereign
Simplicity
SPT
Sunbeam
Sylvania
TGM
Touch Point
Trutemp
Uberhaus
Westpointe
Winix
Winixl

Right now Atlas Butler is offering $100 on your purchase of an Aprilaire Humidfier and installation. Click here for special offer.

May 11th, 2017|Community, dehumidifier|