The team at Cahill Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric hopes everyone will enjoy a safe, happy summer. Unfortunately, in the United States, air conditioning units and fans sometimes contribute to house fires during the hottest months of the year. The scope of this problem surprises some people. For example, during the four year period between 2005 and 2009 alone, some 2300 fires occurred as a result of air conditioner problems. This brief article offers five air conditioning fire prevention tips.
Common Causes of Air Conditioner Fires
Unfortunately, many potential causes contribute to air conditioner fires. Frequently, this problem stems from water contacting a home's electrical outlets or wiring. Faulty air conditioner wiring and overloaded electrical circuits also cause a certain percentage of air conditioner fires every year. The units which develop problems often exhibit heavy use coupled with a lack of maintenance. Taking some precautions helps lessen these fire risks:
Helpful Safety Tips
1. Position Air Conditioners Correctly
During the installation of a portable window box air conditioner, secure the unit in a position which will allow rain to flow off the air conditioner onto the ground, and not indoors through the window. Additionally, make sure carpeting, drapes, and other potentially flammable materials don't obstruct or cover the power cord. An HVAC professional offers valuable assistance to homeowners installing both portable and permanent air conditioners
2. Change The Air Conditioner Filter Regularly
Changing the filter helps keep an air conditioner operating efficiently. It can reduce the chances of fire hazards.
3. Avoid Using Extension Cords With Your Air Conditioner
Extension cords function well for many temporary purposes, but they are not designed to substitute on a permanent basis for the air conditioner's power cord. Homeowners may encounter an increased fire risk by operating the air conditioner with the assistance of an extension cord.
4. Don't Overload Electrical Circuits
Reportedly, overloaded electrical circuits pose an all-too-common cause of summer house fires involving air conditioners. Make sure a portable AC unit does not run continuously to the point of overheating. We recommend asking an electrician to double check home wiring to help ensure the circuits (and the circuit breaker) match the amperage load. A frequently tripped circuit breaker usually indicates wiring problem.
5. Request an HVAC Maintenance Inspection
Finally, obtain regular inspections of this equipment by a licensed HVAC professional. This precaution helps pinpoint air conditioner issues and resolve problems before components break or cause damage.
We offer routine HVAC inspection, maintenance, and repair services. Contact us at (847) 469-1794 to request assistance or schedule
your appointment online. Enjoy refreshing, cool air conditioning this summer with our help!