Welcome to Martin Carpenter's Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.
Martin Carpenter's Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. (Licensed AC Contractor CAC# 058618) offers commercial and residential sales, installation, repair, and service of all makes and models of air conditioning and heating systems.
If you need heating or air conditioning repair in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater or the surrounding communities, Martin Carpenter's Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. is your best choice and we offer the most competitive rates in Tampa Bay.
Martin Carpenter's Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. is committed to providing the best service in the region and it is that dedication to excellence that has allowed our business to flourish in the competitive Tampa Bay market. Our technicians are always on time and ready to get to work fast. Because we are fully equipped, we can work on any heating or air conditioning system from a small apartment to the largest commercial buildings in Tampa Bay.
We only use high quality equipment and our technicians are trained and certified, so you can rest assured that the service you receive from Martin Carpenter's Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. is always top notch.
Our customer service team is committed to working hard to meet the specific needs of each client. No matter which direction you choose to go with on your heating or air conditioning project, Martin Carpenter's Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. is dedicated to providing the highest quality AC repair in Tampa Bay. Whether you are too hot or too cold, there is no reason to be uncomfortable, and no reason to settle for less than the best!
If you are shopping for the right air conditioning and heating system for your home or office, call us today!
If your ductwork is improperly sealed or has loose connections, you could be losing up to 40% of your home's heating and cooling energy and compromising your Indoor Air Quality!
According to Sam Rashkin of the Department of Energy (DOE), for the majority of older homes, the HVAC system is the single biggest energy consumer, accounting for as much as half of the home's total energy usage! Couple this with the fact that the average home's ductwork leaks like a sieve and you have "a recipe for major energy loss".
"It's a big deal when the ducts leak. Basic research from DOE uncovered that about 30-40 percent of the air traveling through ducts leaks," Rashkin said. "If they're pulling air from a dirty crawlspace, that's going to affect the IAQ. It introduces dust and bugs. It's not just energy — it's comfort and durability."
How do you know if your ductwork needs to be repaired or replaced?
The first thing a homeowner can do is visually inspect their ductwork. Most homes in Florida have flexible ductwork. Flexible ductwork has many advantages over metal ductwork (i.e. it's less expensive and easier to install), but it's just made of plastic and, as such, will deteriorate over time. If your ductwork has been installed for over 5 years, you should conduct a visual inspection at least once a year.
1. Look for tears in the protective coating of the ductwork, kinks, flattened areas, or even exposed insulation.
2. Flexible ductwork is also very susceptible to damage from wildlife. If you even suspect that you might have had roof rats, squirrels, raccoons or any other critter in your attic, you need to check your ducts.
3. Does your ductwork make strange noises like rattling, clanging, or banging? This could be an indication of loose connections or poor sealing.
4. Do you notice that some of the rooms in your house are colder or warmer than others? Do the vents that are closer to AC System have more air pressure than the vents that are further away.
5. Lastly, does your electric bill seem higher than it should be?
Keep in mind that attics in Florida get very hot and that summertime is the busiest time of year for most air conditioning companies in the area so, if the ductwork can wait until the fall, you'll probably get a much better price because the technicians won't have to work in a 130 degree attic and they are not as busy.
If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a service or maintenance visit in the Tampa Bay area, call Martin Carpenter's Air Conditioning & Heating at (727) 528-0171.
Ceiling fans can save you money year-round, but they have to be turning in the correct direction in order to work properly.
In the summer months, or whenever your air conditioning is running, make sure your fan is turning counter-clockwise for that wind chill effect that will keep you cool and save you money.
In the winter, or whenever it gets cold enough to actually want to heat your home, adjusting the direction switch so that your fan is turning clockwise and set the fan to a low speed.
This will help you reclaim the hot air that is trapped in the ceiling by forcing it down and out towards the walls.
If you have gone through our list of basic Troubleshooting Tips and determined that it is definitely time to call a technician, here are some things you can do before the technician arrives to help you make the most out of your service call:
1. Know where all of the heating and cooling units are in your home.
2. Be ready to explain the problem you are experiencing.
3. Know when the problem began.
4. Make sure the system is accessible to the technician.
5. Secure pets in a separate room.
6. Make sure an adult (18 years or older) is home to let the technician in.
7. Technicians will frequently call when they're on their way so be prepared to answer the phone.
The customer service fanatics at Martin Carpenter's Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. are always ready to assist you when your system breaks down, but these simple troubleshooting tips that can help you avoid an unnecessary service call:
1. Make sure your thermostat is set to the "cool" position.
2. Ensure that the outdoor air conditioning unit (condensing unit) is running.
3. Make sure all the circuit breakers in the box are in the "ON" position.
4. Make sure the "disconnect switch" for the outdoor unit is in the "ON" position. The disconnect switch is located near the outdoor unit and it is typically a grey 8" wide x 16" high x 4" deep box mounted to the wall.
5. Ensure that the blower motor in your furnace is running. If the thermostat is in the "cool" position, the furnace blower should be running.
6. If the furnace blower is not running, make sure the switch on the furnace is set to the "ON" position.
7. If you haven't changed your filter in the furnace recently, try changing the filter. A blocked filter can cause your outdoor air conditioner unit to shut down due to lack of airflow.
8. Check all return air grilles to make sure they are not obstructed by furniture. All furniture should be at least four inches away from the return air grilles to allow for proper air supply.
Used properly, a programmable thermostat can save you over $200.00 per year and pays for itself in the first year after installation.
The problem is that most people don't program the thermostat as it was intended. In 2008, Florida Power & Light conducted a study of 400 homes with programmable thermostats and they found that those who programmed their thermostats used 12% more cooling energy than those who did not.
It turns out that those who programmed the thermostat used less energy when they weren't at home, but they tended to set the thermostat much lower when they were home. As a result, those who did nothing actually saved money. Human behavior had more impact than the programmable thermostat.
The key to realizing the theoretical savings of a programmable thermostat lies in using the thermostat in the manner in which it was intended. The goal of a programmable thermostat is to conserve energy by heating or cooling your home only when you are there.
In order to accomplish this, a programmable thermostat needs to trigger at least four events each day: It should trigger your HVAC system to warm or cool your home to a target temperature when you wake up, then adjust the temp so the system is largely idle while you're away, then return the temperature to a comfortable level when you arrive and remain largely idle while you're asleep.
The more basic models can accomplish this for under $20, but those entry level devices tend to be quite limited in their functionality. Many of these thermostats, for example, are unable to distinguish between weekends and weekdays. Moving up to the next price point can buy you quite a lot of flexibility and potential savings.
More expensive units allow you to program a unique schedule for each day of the week and frequently boasts features like a touch screen that makes the unit more user-friendly, a vacation hold settings, and reminder to change the filter, but at the end of the day, all of these systems are at the mercy of their programming and the variations in your schedule.
We utilize the newest technologies, and keep up to date on the best products to keep you comfortable, save you money, and protect our environment.
At Martin Carpenter's Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. we consider ourselves "The Customer Service Fanatics". We work with you to insure you have the right system for your needs. We will help you gather the information you need to make the best decision. We believe an informed customer is the best customer.
On larger jobs we often bring our suppliers right to the site so we can go over every detail and make sure that the day we start the job we have the equipment necessary so you have as little down time as possible. By working hand in hand with our suppliers we know before hand that we will have everything we need to finish the job.