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What You Need to Know About Air Conditioner Safety

As the mercury rises, so does the need to turn on your air conditioning. But amidst pool parties and backyard barbecues, a lot of homeowners forget about HVAC safety. You’d be surprised how many fires are caused by faulty air conditioning equipment.

Here's what you need to know about air conditioner safety and maintenance:

Central Air Conditioning System

To ensure the safety of your central air conditioning system, enlist the help of our licensed HVAC professional to install and perform routine maintenance on your air conditioning unit. In addition, make sure that any equipment installed in your home has been verified by a nationally recognized testing facility.

It is also important to keep household items at least three feet of space between the central system. This includes storage bins, furniture and even cleaning products. Keep all covers and access panels on your outdoor condenser unit, thermostat and indoor air handler.

Window Units

If you use windows units, there are special precautions you need to take. Before trying to install a window unit, measure the window and make sure it's the appropriate size. In addition, pay close attention to whether the unit you choose is powerful enough to cool the area. Once installed, never plug your AC into a power strip. Your unit needs to have dedicated power outlet. Periodically, inspect the power cords for signs of damage and fraying. If you do find evidence of damage, unplug the unit and contact our HVAC professional for inspection.

DIY Maintenance

While it may be tempting to DIY air conditioning maintenance, it's also important to know what you should and should not do. You should replace your air filters every three months, sooner if you have pets or if you live in areas with high volumes of dust. You can also check for water leaks around the unit. However, when it comes to seasonal maintenance, it's always better to contact our HVAC professional. During inspection, they can identify any potential issues and if found, repair them at the same time.

As with your other household appliances, your AC has a specific lifespan. While proper maintenance can extend the life of your unit, sooner or later, it will need replaced. If you notice your air conditioner malfunctioning, or it completely stop working, it may be time to buy a new one.

At Harwich Port Heating & Cooling, we take air conditioning safety seriously. If you'd like to learn more ways to stay safe when using your air conditioning this summer, contact us today at (508) 593-9436.

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