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Frequently Asked Questions

Does a lot of shop talk have you scratching your head? Air conditioning, electrical services, and plumbing services may sound like it’s own language but we’re expert translators.

If you have a lot of questions with too few answers, read some of the most common questions we’re asked about our services.

We’re the experts so you don’t need to be!

Air Conditioning

How many BTU’s does my air conditioner need?

The number of BTU’s needed depends on the size of your home or the area you are cooling. For a rough estimate, figure out the total square footage of your home or the area you are cooling, and multiply by 24 to determine the minimum BTU’s necessary. For a more precise number, talk to an air conditioning professional.

Why is my air conditioner constantly running but not blowing cold air?

A common cause for an air conditioner that seems to always be running but not blowing extremely cold air is a dirty condenser. Your air conditioning unit could also have a leak, and the unit may be out of refrigerant.

What causes air conditioners to frost over on the outside?

There is so much humidity in the air that the evaporator can sometimes get cold enough to cause the excess moisture to freeze. This most often occurs because the coils or filters are dirty, but it could also be a sign that your air conditioner is low on refrigerant.

How do I fix a frozen air conditioner?

If your air conditioner is frozen, a temporary solution is turning off the unit until it thaws out. To prevent the problem from happening again, clean the coils and filters. If the problem continues to occur, you need to have a professional inspect your air conditioning system for leaks.

What does SEER mean?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This is a measurement of the seasonal or annual efficiency of an air conditioner.

How long does an air conditioner typically last?

The lifespan of an air conditioner can vary greatly from location to location. Air conditioners located in warm climates and close to the ocean usually need to be replaced more often than those located in cooler, dryer climates.

Electrical Services

What causes a power outage?

Power outages can be caused by a variety of reasons. In southwest Florida they may be caused by a storm, energy shortage, or even debris. In the unforeseen event of a power

Do you sell generators?

We sure do! Generators are godsends, particularly in southwest Florida where hurricanes can hold a lot of uncertainty. When the power goes out, a generator creates electrical power without using a utility’s electrical source. Typically, a generator is run on fuel, like natural gas or LPG.

What are joules?

Surge protectors offer protection in amounts called joules. These can be thought of like a reservoir. If a product has 1,000 joules of protection, it can take ten 100 joule hits, or one 1,000 joule hit. Essentially, the more joules, the better!

Plumbing Services

How can I maximize the life of my plumbing fixtures? 

The most efficient way to maximize the life of your plumbing appliances and fixtures begins with your water. A water softener will protect your appliances, reduce scale build-up, and improve the overall flow of water! When you’ve been in the home services industry as long as we have, you tend to know the Best from the rest. If you’d like a referral for water filtration or softeners just ask!

Why is my drain clogging?

A clogged drain is the stuff of nightmares! Clogged drains are unfortunately very common and caused by a variety of reasons. Drains become clogged when people are not careful of what they’re flushing away. A build-up of soap, shampoos, and even hair can cause back-ups. For a quick, easy fix, we recommend a simple drain cleaner. However, if you’re suffering from constant drain clogs, give us a call as it could be a symptom of a larger issue.

Why does my faucet drip? 

There’s nothing more frustrating (or messy!) than a dripping faucet. Thankfully a dripping faucet can be fixed easily! When you hear that fateful drip, drip, drip, it just means that one of the internal mechanisms need to be rebuilt or replaced. If you don’t have the tools to get the job done, we’d be happy to help!

How can I prevent leaky pipes?

Pay attention to your pipes! Take a moment every now and then to inspect your pipes for rust or lime build up. These are tell-tale signs of a leak. If you would like a trained professional to come inspect problematic pipes, give Best Home Services a call!

My water heater is leaking! What should I do?

Pick up the phone and call Best Home Services! If your water heater is leaking, it could be due to a rusted tank and that requires quick action! You can call us directly at (239) 284-1472 or (941) 564-0004.

How long do water heaters last? 

A well-maintained water heater can last for over a decade. The longevity of your water heater depends on a few factors; water quality, installation, and amount of use.

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