Rely on BHS’ Licensed Electricians in Central Florida
When you want the best electrical services Central and Southwest Florida have to offer, all it takes is a simple phone call to BHS. Our licensed electricians are on call 24 hours a day for all your electrical maintenance, repair, and installation needs. Home electrical safety is something we take very seriously. Below, please find answers to our most frequently received questions. When you’re ready to schedule residential or commercial electrical service, you may contact us via phone or email. Our flexible scheduling and vast resources allow us to set up an appointment time that fits your needs. We’ll let you know when one of our electricians is on the way, so you’ll never have to worry about missing us!
What Are Some Helpful Tips for Choosing an Electrician?
Not all electricians are created equal. You should always ask for credentials and references. Hiring a subpar electrician could end up costing you more than wasted time and money. It could jeopardize your safety, increasing your risk of electrocution or an electrical fire in your home or business. BHS employs licensed electricians who are also certified and insured. All BHS employees are thoroughly trained and background-checked to ensure your safety and peace of mind. Our family-owned and -operated business has been around since 1980 and is renowned for award-winning customer service. If you search for our company on the Internet, you’ll find thousands of five-star reviews from satisfied BHS customers and an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau.
What Electrical Services Do You Offer at Best Home Services?
Our electrical services include everything from panel box upgrades, rewiring, and lighting repairs to the installation of standby home generators and whole-house surge protectors. We serve residential and commercial customers throughout Southwest and Central Florida, including Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and Tampa. We specialize in retrofits, upgrades, and ensuring everything meets local electrical codes. Our technicians would be happy to hook up any appliances, install ceiling fans, or set up the electrical connections for your backyard spa or pool. We’re adept at troubleshooting any electrical issues that come up in your home or office. Give us a call today for more details about our services.
Do Your Electricians Provide Emergency Electrical Services?
Because we understand how inconvenient and dangerous it can be without working electricity, we’re available for 24-hour emergency service. Give us a call, and we’ll have a licensed electrician dispatched to your home or business as quickly as possible. In the event of an electrical fire, be sure to call your local fire department immediately. Never try to put out an electrical fire with water. If it’s safe to do so, you may douse it with a fire extinguisher, flour, or baking soda. Disconnecting the plug or shutting off the power may help, if you’re able to do so without jeopardizing your safety.
Why Should I Hire a Licensed Electrician Instead of DIY?
Many people ask us why they shouldn’t attempt electrical work on their own. It really depends on the type of electrical issue and your experience level. Changing a light bulb or resetting a tripped breaker are simple do-it-yourself tasks. However, something more complex could be a potential fire hazard resulting in severe injury or death if handled by an amateur. We recommend relying on our licensed electricians to eliminate guesswork, avoid costly damages, and ensure your safety. Check out our blog on “The Common Mistakes DIYers Make with Electrical Projects” to find out why you’re better off relying on our experts than taking matters into your own hands.
When Should I Upgrade My Electrical Services?
If you’ve moved into an older home or office recently, we suggest getting an electrical safety inspection. Electric panels and wiring usually need to be replaced every 25 years or so. Systems become outdated as technology evolves. Today, consumers have more electronic devices and gadgets than ever, all taking a toll on your electrical load. Any time you wish to renovate your building or upgrade your appliances is also an ideal time to get your electrical services inspected. Our electricians specialize in electrical service upgrades to ensure everything meets the latest standards. You can count on us for panel box upgrades, rewiring problematic or unsafe wiring, and installing new circuits, switches, and outlets.
Why Do My Lights Keep Flickering On and Off?
Flickering lights could indicate you’ve overloaded your electrical circuits or purchased the wrong type of light bulbs. Minor flickering may be normal from time to time, but severe or frequent flickering could spell disaster. We recommend contacting us for a safety inspection. Check out our informative blog “Why Lights in Your Home May Be Flickering” for additional troubleshooting tips.
Why Do My Smoke Detectors Keep Chirping?
If your smoke detectors keep chirping and you don’t have any smoke present, you could have a low battery or a defective smoke detector. We recommend changing the batteries to see if this makes a difference. If they continue to chirp, call our electricians for an assessment. You could have a voltage issue. You should never disconnect your smoke detectors, as they will be unable to warn you in the event of a fire. It’s best to get them fixed or replaced as quickly as possible.
What’s the Difference Between a Blown Fuse & Circuit Breaker?
Both fuses and circuit breakers can become overwhelmed, resulting in the interruption of your system’s electrical flow. The main difference between a blown fuse and a blown circuit breaker is that fuses need to be replaced while breakers need to be reset. A tripped circuit breaker can be reset by flipping the handle on its face. If you blow a fuse, it’s best to talk to a professional before purchasing a new one, as there are varying levels of voltages and ratings to consider. If you have a blown circuit breaker, you may be able to reset it on your own. It’s necessary to disconnect all devices before attempting to reset your breaker, and it may require several attempts. Frequent tripped breakers should be inspected by licensed electricians for a thorough assessment. Fuse and circuit breaker repairs and other serious electrical issues are always best left in the hands of experts.
What Does GFCI Mean in Relation to Electrical Outlets?
GFCI is an acronym for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. GFCI devices protect you from electrocution. GFCI outlets are recommended in rooms that often see damp areas, such as kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and garages. When your GFCI device detects resistance resulting from ground fault, it shuts off immediately to prevent electrical shock. Perhaps you’ve noticed red and black buttons on your GFCI outlets. The black button is a test button, and the red button is a reset button. These buttons are used to ensure your GFCI device is functioning correctly.
How Can I Lower My Monthly Home or Office Electric Bills?
There are many adjustments you can make to lower your monthly electric bills. Be sure to turn off lights and other electric devices when they’re not in use. Consider installing automatic timers or motion-detecting lights outside and a digital programmable thermostat to control your HVAC system. Ceiling fans, smart appliances, and LED lighting are becoming popular ways to boost energy efficiency.
What’s the Benefit of Whole-Home Surge Protection?
Florida residents are susceptible to hurricanes and severe storms capable of producing lightning strikes and power surges much of the year. Investing in whole-home surge protection will help you protect your home and electrical devices from damage caused by tripped circuit breakers, short circuits, faulty wiring, overloaded outlets, and more. You can find additional info in our blog titled “The Importance of Whole-Home Surge Protection in SW Florida.” We’re dedicated to looking out for our customers’ best interests in the name of safety. We also specialize in the installation of standby home generators.
What Are Tips for Improving My Home’s Electrical Safety?
There are several things you should do as a responsible homeowner to ensure your home’s electrical safety. You should unplug appliances when they’re not in use. This not only eliminates tripping hazards, but it also reduces your risk of an electrical fire. Never store electronic devices or appliances near water. Never overload your electrical outlets with too many devices plugged into them. Remember to schedule annual electrical safety inspections and make safety upgrades when necessary. Check out our blog “Electrical Safety for Kids” for additional insights about making your home safer if you have small children or pets. Feel free to contact us with any additional electrical safety questions or concerns!