While it’s not an extremely common occurrence, there are, on average, between 6,000 and 8,000 fires attributed to faulty air conditioning systems across the United States every year. In 2010, these fires resulted in 29 deaths, hundreds more injuries and more than 200 million dollars’ worth of property damage.
Any time you fail to properly maintain your air conditioner or ignore signs of problems inside the system, you make it more likely that the system will eventually become a safety risk to your home. With this in mind, here are some of the most common causes of fires in air conditioners in Taylor, MI you should be sure to prevent.
You should never, ever store flammable materials near your air conditioning system. If you allow combustible materials such as paper, leaves or other types of debris near your air condition system, it runs the risk of caching fire. It should also go without saying that you should never keep gasoline near your air conditioning system or furnace. The space around your unit should be completely free of debris—try to keep a three-foot buffer zone at all times, trimming back plants and grasses and clearing away leaves as necessary.
A failure to clean your air conditioner on at least a semi-regular basis will result in a significant accumulation of dirt, dust and debris inside various parts of the unit, including the filters, vents, coils and fins. The more dust and debris build up, the greater of a fire risk you have in the unit.
When the normal air flow needed for the unit to function properly is obstructed, this could result in your unit malfunctioning and potentially having electrical issues and shorts that could cause a fire.
While it’s very easy to forget to change your filters and clean out the unit, it’s something you should make a priority. Be sure to set yourself some reminders to make sure you’re performing this simple yet necessary task on a regular basis.
You also need to make sure all the components of the unit are kept in good condition. The more you neglect your system, the more likely it is there will be faulty parts that eventually become problematic and potentially dangerous.
For example, if you have a fan in the air conditioner that is been slowly degrading with general wear and tear and it stops functioning, this could result in greater amounts of heat building up during normal use of the air conditioner. Obviously, excessive temperatures pose a greater fire risk, especially if you have combustibles in the area around the heating pipes.
You can avoid all of these issues by simply paying attention to your air conditioning system and having a professional come out to perform regular service. For more information about repairs, cleanings and air conditioner installation in Taylor, MI, contact us today.