In addition to posing a threat to your life and of your family members, a house fire can leave you in financial ruin and destroy irreplaceable items such as family photos and documents. A faulty air-conditioning system places you at risk of just such an occurrence. Linked to a number of deaths, injuries and several amounts of rupees in property damage, fires caused by air conditioners (ACs) are more common than previously thought. The fire in the MTNL building, Bandra was one such incident we can learn from.
Most air conditioning fires are caused by a short circuit in the wiring that causes the appliance to overheat and subsequently light up. Frequent power surges or fluctuation in the amount of voltage the air conditioner receives can also overheat the unit.
Routinely maintaining your air conditioning unit and having it inspected at least every couple of months will help you catch problems with the unit before those problems result in a house fire.
- Clean/change your filters: reduce the risk of dust builds up, smelling units, fire etc. Clean/change air con filters regularly.
- Examine electric-powered equipment: Regularly inspect air conditioning cords for cracks, loose connections, or broken plugs, and replace any damaged equipment.
- Maintain your AC units: All mechanical and electrical equipment needs regular proper maintenance. Have your AC system maintained by a professional at least once a year or sooner. This depends on the level of contamination from dust, mould, bacteria, insects and rodents.
- Monitor exterior unit: Make sure that leaves, dirt, debris and insects haven’t clogged your exterior unit.
In case you notice a burning smell, a spark or worn out wires please refrain from using the electrical equipment and give us a call at 9769 069 069 – starranty.com