We hope that you enjoy a safe, happy summer this year. To keep safe, you may not think of your air conditioner. In the US, air conditioners and fans can cause house fires during the summer. The scope of this problem surprises some people. For example, between 2005 and 2009, 2300 fires occurred due to air conditioners. This blog offers five air conditioning safety tips.
Common Causes of Air Conditioner Fires
Unfortunately, many things can cause air conditioner fires. This problem can come from water entering a home's electrical system. Faulty air conditioner wiring and overloaded electrical circuits also cause air conditioner fires. The units that have issues are often overused and lack maintenance. Take these safety measures to reduce your fire risks.
Helpful Safety Tips
1. Position Air Conditioners
While installing a window air conditioner, make sure it lets rain flow off the unit and onto the ground. You don't want that water coming inside your home. Additionally, make sure carpeting, drapes, and other flammable materials don't cover the cord. An HVAC professional can help homeowners install both portable and permanent air conditioners
2. Change The Air Conditioner Filter Often
Changing the filter helps keep an air conditioner working. A dirty filter can sometimes spark and create a fire. Change your filter every one to three months to reduce the chances of a fire.
3. Avoid Using Extension Cords With Your Air Conditioner
Extension cords can work well for many projects. They are not meant to be a substitute for the air conditioner's power cord. Homeowners may have a greater fire risk when they use an extension cord on their air conditioner.
4. Don't Overload Electrical Circuits
Overloaded electrical circuits are a common cause of air conditioning fires. Make sure a portable AC unit does not run to the point of overheating. We recommend asking an electrician to double check home wiring. This helps to ensure the circuits and the circuit breaker match the amperage load. A tripped circuit breaker can be a sign of a wiring problem.
5. Request an HVAC Maintenance Inspection
Finally, get regular A/C inspections by a licensed HVAC professional. This helps find air conditioner issues and fix them before parts break or cause damage.
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