Experts warned that a rising temperature in the U.S. increases the likelihood of your air conditioner to become a fire safety hazard.
A 2016 report from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) attributed 20 fatalities, 140 injuries, and $82 million in property damages per year to poorly maintained air conditioners. Between 2010 and 2014, the NFPA recorded 2,800 reports of houses damaged by fires that were caused by air conditioners each year.
As the weather in some states such as Arizona, Arkansas, California, Maryland and Nevada reach scorching levels, keeping your home safe from fire is just as important as maintaining cool temperatures.
Like any other preventive measure, proper maintenance for your air conditioner serves as one way to ensure your house would not be engulfed in flames. When choosing a service provider, look for one like Kennedy Air Conditioning that offers several types like Arkansas-based AR Air Conditioning, which can replace your system or repair it during an emergency.
By maintaining them, homeowners can prevent electrical issues that can sometimes cause your unit to become a fire hazard, according to Pete Piringer, chief spokesperson for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service in Maryland.
Piringer advised people to avoid overworking and overheating their air-conditioning units, as these can create problems on fire safety. Filter changes, enough power supply and not using extension cords or power strips can also prevent any fire-related accidents.
Make sure that unit have enough clear space around it as well, Piringer said. A certified HVAC technician should check your unit once or twice each year to find any issues that you may have overlooked when checking it.
Homeowners should routinely check for any issues from their air conditioners, especially if they use them often. For complex work, it is wiser to contact a professional to avoid any further complications by trying to fix it yourself.