HVAC Safety tips from Southern California Edison
Our local electric company, Southern California Edison is a great resource for power outages and ways to conserve energy, but we really enjoyed the safety aspect they cover in their most recent Tumbler post about the dangers of DIY HVAC repair. SCE posted a blog highlighting air conditioner and cooling equipment safety tips. Here’s an excerpt from that blog post about consumer repair statistics.
“According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 15% of consumer-product related electrocutions occur while someone is attempting to service or repair their appliance.”
SCE also goes on to explain that:
“In 2006, about 33,500 injuries reported to emergency rooms involved air conditioning units, fans, heat pumps, humidifiers or air purifiers. Most injuries involved lacerations, abrasions, strains or sprains.”
One of the things that we like about this article is that the topic of safety in your home is not usually discuss when it comes to your air conditioner. There are plenty of DIY air conditioner repair videos on the Internet today, but the truth is having a licensed and trained technician work on your air conditioner when it breaks down is the smartest choice. We’re not just saying that because we’re heating and air contractor, we say that because of the statistics about electrical injuries at home.
Your heating and cooling system operates on high-voltage. If you do plan on trying to fix the problem yourself make sure you unplug the unit before you begin taking it apart and avoid anything that may be a possible danger sign like the smell of smoke or loud squealing noises coming from your AC.
Here are some more tips on safety and selecting cooling equipment for your home and some electrical tips to consider as well:
- Ensure your equipment has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory, such as UL, MET, or NSF.
- Have your electric-power equipment inspected and maintained regularly for safety.
- Be sure to have a licensed professional install and service any electrical equipment in your home.
- Check your fan or cooling unit periodically to make sure cords and plugs are in good condition.
For more electrical safety tips, visit Southern California’s Edison’s website: on.sce.com/staysafe.