• Is your Company Licensed & Bonded?

      Yes,  and our Contractor’s License # is CAC50612.

    • Do you use subcontractors?

      No, all work is performed by Port Charlotte Air Conditioner's knowledgeable & trained employees.

    • Is the SEER rating the only important consideration in selecting a new A/C Unit?

      S.E.E.R. (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) is established by manufacturers and reported by an organization named ARI (Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute; which is an association of A/C manufacturers). S.E.E.R. ratings are established at the temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit. When purchasing a new a/c it 's very important consider (1) unit capacity (2)CFM (cubic feet of air flow per minute) and (3) the S.E.E.R. rating. All of the above are equally important, for instance what good is a 12 seer unit if it does not have the capacity to cool a home of your size home on a hot Florida summer day?

    • How does Port Charlotte Air define customer satisfaction?

      Customer Satisfaction is...the feeling that a product or service has met or exceeded the customer's expectations.

    • What is BTU?

      British Thermal Unit. The amount of energy needed to heat one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.

    • How do I determine the amount of "Tonnage" required to cool my home?

      Tonnage is usually determined by square footage. The formula most commonly used is: every 500 sq ft = 1 Ton of a/c. However, the fact that a home has vaulted ceilings or is multi-level can also be a direct influence. To avoid under/over sizing a professional should be consulted.

    • When I finally decide to replace my A/C system how do I know what I need?

      This is a commonly asked question and although the answer is not overly complicated there are certain questions we need to ask to provide you with the correct information.1. What type of unit do you currently have? Roof-top/Ground, electric/gas, Tonnage, Brand/age of unit?2. What part of town do you live and what is your Square Footage?3. Where is the Air-Handler located in your house? (It’s usually in a crawl-space, a closet, or a garage)Typically...If it’s an electric's called a Packaged Heat-Pump.If it’s a gas's often called a Gas-PacIf it’s a split-system, electric...the outside unit is called a Heat-Pump CondenserIf it's a split-system, gas...the outside unit is called a Straight-Cool Condenser.

    • What type of filters should I use?

      We recommend the pleated type of air filter. These filters have the most surface area for dust collection and are extremely efficient. We've found that many of the cleanable electrostatic filters may restrict airflow due to dirt particles trapped in the inner layers.

    • What does HSPF stand for?

      Heating Seasonal Performance Factor

    • Is it more efficient to leave the air conditioner running all day than to shut it off and have to re-cool the house again later?

      The less you use the AC, the less electricity you use. When the AC is running regardless of the level, you are paying for it, when it is off, you're not. Keep your windows closed while the AC is off as to not let in additional humidity, a well insulated home should only drop a few degrees throughout the day while you're not home.

    • To cool off a house faster, should I crank the thermostat 5-7 degrees cooler than my desired temperature until the home cools of

      Lowering the temperature on the thermostat does not make the air conditioner work any faster when cooling off your home. An air conditioner extracts the hot air in a home and replaces it with cold. An air conditioner only replaces a given amount of hot air with cold in a particular time frame.

    • What is the average life of a central air conditioning unit?

      It can vary, depending on how much the system is used and how regularly it is checked or serviced. Generally, the average life of cooling units built in the 1970s and 1980s is about 15 years, but individual units may vary and last much longer, depending on use and how well they are maintained. Heat pumps have about the same life span, an ARI survey showed average heat pump life to be about 14 years when recommended maintenance procedures were followed. Newer units are expected to last even longer.

    • If my air conditioner is not cooling properly, what is the most likely problem?

      It could be as simple as replacing a fuse, resetting a circuit breaker or checking to see if the thermostat is set properly. If an electrical problem isn't the cause, the refrigerant may be low if the system still runs but does not cool properly. This can be corrected by having an EPA certified technician add necessary refrigerant. Most likely, if the problem involves any major part, such as the compressor, you would hear strange noises similar to those of any mechanical equipment not running correctly, or the unit might not run at all.