Wrong installation and neglect of safety elements.. For these reasons, air conditioners may cause fires
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Indoor fire accidents may develop into disasters if they are not dealt with quickly and effectively, especially if the percentage of material and human losses in them increases. For a reason related to a fault in the primary operating source: electricity.
Among these devices deployed in residential and formal business spaces are air conditioners with a single split unit, which may be a source of danger more than others; Because it contains a pressure unit to distribute the Freon gas responsible for cooling, which poses a great danger in the event of fire or intense sparks that cause its explosion.
According to official statistics, the most prominent of which is the statistic of the causes of fires published by the American Fire and Fire Administration website, that 47% of the total home fires were due to the ignition and explosion of air conditioners. 40% to 60%, and therefore it is necessary to pay attention to the primary causes of air conditioner fires.
Neglecting to clean the air conditioner is dangerous
Among the reasons that may cause damage to the air conditioner is neglecting to clean the device externally and internally periodically, especially in places close to sand and dense dust, and the important parts to clean are the internal air filters and internal air blades, and for the external device, cleaning the main fan and filters for air pipes is important.
And if dust and impurities accumulate inside the air pipes of the device, it will lead to clogging, and then one of its other parts may malfunction and cause a failure in the electrical connection, which is the beginning of the danger of ignition, and the basic advice is to work on cleaning the device periodically every period of a maximum of 4 weeks.
Energy imbalance fires: sudden rise or fall
One of the main reasons for the burning of air conditioners is a disturbance in the flow of electric current coming from the main source to the air conditioner unit, and these disturbances are usually either low or high, which may happen automatically from the source, and may pose a risk of burning or malfunctioning internal components, and for this it is important Ensure that all cables connecting the air conditioner are strong and in good condition.
Consult an electrician to find out how much power the air conditioner operates on and the amount of power coming from the source, and make sure that there is a safety switch "cut" connected between the air conditioner and the main source, its main task is that when the main power is cut off, it usually returns with great force, and this rise may cause The air conditioner burns out, but the safety switch usually stops the current from the air conditioner only, and then you can turn it on after the power returns in minutes.
It should also be noted, if you have a backup power source, such as generators, which operate automatically in the event of a power outage and stop automatically when it returns, to the maintenance of the backup generator circuit, which is important because if it fails, for example, when the current returns, there will be two currents heading to the air conditioner; Which may cause it to ignite or explode due to excessive energy.
General tips about air conditioners
If the outdoor unit is near a roof or ground, avoid storing any chemicals; Such as paint, cleaning fluids, or other flammable liquids near the unit and keep it in a safe space.
Avoid independent technicians when servicing and installing the air conditioner or if you are changing one of its components, and always rely on the official maintenance of the air conditioner manufacturer, as unapproved parts and spare parts and the wrong installation may lead to damage and burning of the device.
Do not operate the air conditioner for long periods of time and do not set it to a temperature below 24°C for long periods at a high outside temperature to prevent moisture liquids from backing up inside the unit.
Always use an electrician or air conditioning specialist to inspect the device or in case of changing main or branch connections in the home or office.