Surprisingly, there are a few fire hazards that can be associated with your air conditioner unit. Not all of them are affected by heat or overheating issues, either, so here are the warning signs that you should pay attention to.
You might also wonder what to do during these situations, but we’re here to help! If you don’t know how to check your AC for fire risks, here are some helpful air conditioner repair tips from Shepherd’s Plumbing.
Short Circuit/Electrical Failure
Most of the AC hazards that come up are from loose wires or electrical connections. If you’ve installed a window AC on your own, you have to keep track of the electrical connection. Even if you have a plugin wall model, the wattage overload could put too much demand on that electrical socket. This can cause it to short circuit, or spark from the plug and even cause a fire in the worst-case scenario.
Running High On Very Hot Days
Summer days are the perfect time to leave the AC running, so you can stay cool in your home or office. On hot days, you might be especially tempted to turn the AC up to full blast. But when you have hot summer weather and your AC is already working overtime, this extra strain can be a problem if you don’t schedule regular AC maintenance. By causing your air conditioner to work harder, it can overheat. If it reaches a breaking point from that heat buildup and lack of maintenance, it can become a fire hazard. So be careful to have your AC serviced before the summer months.
Make Sure the Filter is Clean
If you haven’t checked the air filter, this is a good time to see if it needs to be cleaned. A dirty filter makes the air intake limited and strained. As a result, your AC is going to get hotter. It doesn’t cost as much as you might think for an air conditioning service to properly clean your filters. It’s worth it because it will improve how well your AC functions. If you haven’t cleaned your filters, this is certainly a fire hazard in the making as well. Go ahead, it’s easy to check the filter to find out if it’s looking a bit grungy.
Keep the Same Temperature
One mistake that you could be making is switching the cooling settings higher and lower all day. Of course, higher settings put more stress on the AC itself, which makes the unit run hotter in turn. If the weather outside is already extreme, this can cause your AC unit to malfunction. Short circuits caused by overheating wires can quickly result in electrical fires if your AC unit isn’t properly cared for.
Clogged Drainage Lines/Overflowed Drainage Pan
Even though newer AC units have built-in overflow drainage indicators, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re 100% safe. The overflow of water that’s created from condensation while using your AC normally isn’t a problem. Although, it can be a big issue if that overflow of water reaches any exposed electrical wires.
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Hire an HVAC Pro
If you’ve ever tried to handle air conditioner repairs on your own to save some money, you might be asking for trouble. Now that you know that your AC unit can be a dangerous fire hazard without air conditioner maintenance, don’t risk diagnosing problems on your own. Call a professional. An HVAC technician can advise you on the best thing to do in your situation. Shepherd’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning is here to help. Call us at (650) 861-4995.