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Published: May 17, 2015
Faulty Air Conditioner Starts Fire That Destroys House
A house North of Adelaide was destroyed by a fire when a fault, electrical in nature, started in the air conditioner. It subsequently took 22 firefighters an hour to put the blaze out. The property was almost destroyed, with damage estimated at $300,000.
The SA Metropolitan Fire Service receives over 12 calls each winter relating to air conditioner fires. Faulty air conditioners in Adelaide have been responsible for damages over the last four years totalling over $1.6 million. The MFS has repeatedly advised residents to ensure that their systems are regularly serviced by licensed technicians and in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications.
Air Conditioners are the most frequent source of appliance fires. A lack of maintenance on your reverse cycle air conditioner can create a severe fire risk as well as dramatically pushing up your electricity bills.
Air Conditioner Service Savings
With temperatures falling and household heating requirements rising, getting a reverse-cycle air conditioning service from an accredited technician is a sensible way to improve efficiency and ensure reliability of your unit this winter.
Avoiding servicing your airconditioner will result in a reduction in performance of up to 33% annually. Heavy (cooling) over summer, intermittent use over autumn, and recent frequent heating increases strain on the components of your system.
Identify a minor problem or fault now before you’re left in the cold with a major breakdown.
Q: Why is my air conditioning unit taking longer to heat my home?
A: Dust and grime inside the unit can build up on the internal components, reducing performance. Accumulated debris on the internal coils causes difficulty for the unit to extract outside air. Other common winter problems include, issues with the units internal fan, an overheating compressor, a faulty reversing valve, thermostat problems or refrigerant leaks. All of these problems will reduce efficiency.
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