Your HVAC system and kitchen appliances are always working hard to ensure your family and friends are comfortable. From gas furnaces, air conditioning systems, ovens, stoves, to coffee makers, the average household is filled with electronic equipment to meet the requirements of your daily routine. While the equipment and appliances in your home may be useful, they are also the leading cause of house fires in the United States.
Electrical and mechanical house fires take the lives of far too many people each year. To prevent fires, it is important to conduct periodic maintenance on the appliances in your home. Here are 5 ways to prevent electrical house fires.
Causes of Furnace Fires
Dirty Air Filters
Gas and electric furnaces should be maintained by a professional to prevent house fires. An important area of your furnace that should be inspected on a regular basis are air filters. These filters collect dust and dirt to enhance the air quality in your home. When an air filter becomes too dirty, this may cause the motor to overheat. We recommend continuously checking the air filter on your gas furnace to prevent house fires.
High Gas Pressure
House fires are also caused by the combustion chamber on a gas furnace. To properly heat the home, the heating system utilizes a mixture of gas and air to maintain proper airflow. The gas pressure in the furnace must be inspected periodically by a professional to prevent damage to internal components and house fires. If the gas pressure is too high, this may lead to an overabundance of heat.
Each of the components in the furnace is engineered to withstand a specific threshold of heat. If the heat levels are too high, this may cause the internal components of the furnace to catch fire. You are able to mitigate this risk by performing periodic furnace installations and tune-ups with a professional.
Damaged Heat Exchanger
The heat exchanger is an enclosed metal component in the gas furnace that is engineered to trap toxic gases that are produced throughout the combustion process. The exchanger is also responsible for transmitting warm air in the home. As this component reaches the end of its lifespan, small cracks may form on its metal walls.
In some severe cases, holes may form on the heat exchanger during the combustion process. These small cracks and holes allow carbon monoxide to escape from the exchanger. To prevent a house fire, it’s important to have a professional inspect the heat exchanger continuously. A professional HVAC technician will conduct an audit to ensure flammable gases won’t escape from the furnace.
Causes of Appliance Fires
Keeping Too Many Materials On Top of the Oven & Stove
To prevent a house fire, we recommend keeping the areas around your stove clear of materials such as cook books, wrappers, towels, and clothing. Once these objects become too warm, they will begin to burn and may also start a fire in your kitchen.
Placing Flammable Objects Near the Space Heater
If you are relying on a space heater to regulate the temperature in your living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, or office, always refer to the manufacturers safety tips to eliminate the risk of house fires. Most instruction kits will inform you not to rely on extension cords to power the unit. In addition, keep the space heater system away from flammable materials such as curtains, rugs, clothing, and paper.
Malfunctioning Heating Elements in Dishwashers
The dishwasher is designed to make the tedious dish washing process easier for all members of your family. This appliance requires little to no maintenance and is safe to utilize in the home. However, dishwashers rely on heating elements throughout the drying process of the washing cycle. As these elements become older, they can start a fire. To prevent house fires and keep the family safe, we recommend scheduling regular maintenance sessions for the dishwasher.
Clogged Lint Filters in Dryers
Your parents were only looking out for your best interests when they told you to clean the lint filter in the dryer. If the lint filter becomes clogged, it will immediately start a house fire and put your family at risk.
Faulty Compressor in Refrigerator
Most people wouldn’t believe the total amount of fires that are caused by overheated compressors in refrigerators. A fridge is also able to catch fire from electrical shorts and broken light bulbs. If the bulb in the fridge is unable to be deactivated, this will cause overheating issues
Electrical & Furnace Repair Services in New Jersey
From gas furnaces, space heaters, to refrigerators, there are many appliances in the home that are able to cause house fires. To prevent a dangerous fire, we recommend scheduling an appliance or furnace repair appointment with our team. If you are having issues with your HVAC system, give us a call by phone at (732) 201-3305 or schedule an appointment online. We offer HVAC services in areas of New Jersey such as Trenton, Middletown, Old Bridge, Elizabeth, Howell, and Brick.