A/C dangers are generally not a major factor in well-maintained units made by name-brand manufacturers and installed by professional HVAC contractors. Nevertheless, you can avoid any potential A/C dangers simply by being aware of a few hazards that might be present under certain circumstances.
Here are some simple tips to stay safe and avoid mishaps:
Don’t Do It Yourself
A central air conditioner integrates moving parts, high voltage electricity and pressurized gas. Beyond regular air filter changes, there are really no DIY repair or maintenance procedures recommended by manufacturers, HVAC contractors or industry safety organizations. If your central air conditioner isn’t functional or is performing below expections, contact a reputable local HVAC contractor about scheduling a service call by a trained, qualified technician. For safety’s sake, leave the job to the professionals.
A central air conditioner extracts water vapor from the air as part of the cooling process, producing gallons of condensate daily during hot summer weather. All that water enters the drip pan under the A/C indoor air handler, then flows into a drain line. The condensate drip pan is a common location for toxic mold growth if the lines becomes sluggish or clogged. Airborne mold spores originating here may infiltrate the system airflow and spread throughout the house causing potential allergic reactions and illness in susceptible individuals. If you notice spillage around the indoor unit that indicates a drip pan clog, have a professional service the condensate drain system and check for mold contamination.
Pay Attention To Warning Signs
In a typical year, the National Fire Protection Agency reports that over 500 home structure fires are traced to air conditioners. Because the system circulates air throughout the house, acrid odors that smell like melting wiring or fire of an electrical nature could potentially originate at central air conditioner components located in the indoor air handler. If you notice burning odors emitted from the HVAC ducts, turn off the air conditioner at the thermostat and call for professional help.
For more about potential A/C dangers, contact the HVAC professionals at Detmer and Sons.