Emergency Appliance Repair

A typical appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the home appliance.

In the event of an appliance emergency, unplug the appliance right away and then call Action Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Ohio. If there’s an electrical fire involving one of the appliances inside of your house, we recommend calling the town fire department before you attempt to put out the fire on your own.

An electrical fire from an appliance is very scary and extremely dangerous, but there are a couple of ways to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If one of your appliances is in flames, it is important to not panic and to remain calm. Follow our easy guidelines below to help keep your house safe from electrical fires.

PREVENTING ELECTRICAL FIRES

You can stop electrical fires from starting by following a few basic rules of appliance safety in a home. Do not plug too many electrical devices into a single electrical outlet—the wiring can become overloaded and spark a fire, especially if there’s clutter like clothes or paper close to the outlet.

It is possible to forget about the apparent dangers of large household appliances because they are plugged in all the time, but they can present as much chance for a fire hazard as small appliances like kitchen toasters and heaters. Larger appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine shouldn’t be left running overnight or any time you are not at home, and don’t keep a refrigerator or freezer in direct sunlight, to prevent overworking the cooling systems.

Check all of the outlets on a regular basis for extreme heat, burn marks, and buzzing or crackling sounds that might point to electrical arcing. Make sure you keep at least one smoke detector on each story of your home, and test them quarterly to keep them in good working condition.

WHAT TO NOT DO

If there’s an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it could be tempting to douse the fire with water, but water shouldn’t be used on an electrical fire.

Water conducts electricity, and pouring water on or near a power source could cause a harmful electrical shock. It could even make the fire even worse. Water might conduct electricity to additional locations of the room, running the chance of igniting more flammable objects in the area.

HOW TO PUT OUT AN ELECTRICAL FIRE

The first step you need to do is to unplug the electric device from the power source and call the fire department. Even if you can put out the fire on your own, it’s important to have backup if the fire does get out of control.

For smaller fires, you might be able to use baking soda to extinguish the flames. Covering the smoking or burning spot with some baking soda will sometimes prohibit oxygen flow to the flames with little risk of electrocution. Baking soda includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the same substance in standard fire extinguishers. You could be able to put out a smaller fire with a heavy blanket, but only if the fire is small enough not to catch the heavy blanket on fire as well.

For larger electrical fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should always make sure you have at least one Type C or multi-use extinguisher in your house. Extinguishers should also be checked often to ensure they have not expired. If there is a operational fire extinguisher on hand, just pull the pin near the top, point the nozzle at the fire, and press the handle. If the flames get too big to put out alone or you think the fire might block an exit, you should leave the home immediately, close the door , and then wait for help from the local fire department.

For the smaller appliance fires, call Action Appliance Repair once the fire is under control and we can diagnose the cause of the fire and repair the electrical appliance and return it to its original condition.

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