Emergency Appliance Repair

An appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even flames coming from the appliance.

If an appliance emergency arises in your house, unplug the appliance right away and call Ware Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in CITY. If there is an electrical fire resulting from one of the large or small appliances in your house, we suggest calling the town fire department before you attempt to eliminate the fire on your own.

An electrical fire is very scary and extremely dangerous, but there are a few ways to be prepared in case of an emergency. If one of your appliances is in flames, it is important to not panic. Follow these simple guidelines to help keep your house safe from electrical fires.

HOW TO PREVENT ELECTRICAL FIRES

You are able to stop electrical fires from ever starting by following some basic rules of appliance safety in a home. Don’t plug a lot of devices into a single outlet—the wiring might get overloaded and spark a fire, especially if there is clutter like paper or clothes nearby the electrical outlet.

Sometimes we forget about the dangers of large appliances because they stay plugged in all the time, but they can present as much chance for a fire hazard as small electrical devices like toasters and space heaters. Larger appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher should not be left running overnight or while you are away from home, and do not keep a freezer or refrigerator in line of direct sunlight, in order to prevent overworking their cooling systems.

Check all of the outlets on a regular basis for extreme heat, burn marks, and crackling or buzzing noises that might indicate electrical arcing. Be sure you have at least one working smoke detector on each floor of your home, and test the smoke detectors quarterly to keep them in good working order.

WHAT TO NOT DO

If there’s an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it could be tempting to put out the fire with water, but water should never be used on an electrical appliance fire.

Water will conduct electricity, and dumping water on a power source might give a severe electrical shock. It might even make the fire stronger. Water can conduct electricity to other locations of the room, running the risk of igniting more flammable objects nearby.

HOW TO EXTINGUISH AN ELECTRICAL FIRE

The immediate step you should do is to unplug the electric appliance from the power outlet and call the local fire department. Even if you think you are able to take care of the fire by yourself, it is important to have help if the fire does get out of hand.

For little fires, you might be able to pour on baking soda to smother the fire. Covering the fuming or burning area with a layer of baking soda will sometimes prevent oxygen flow to the flames with minimal chance of electrocution. Baking soda also contains sodium bicarbonate, which is the substance used in standard fire extinguishers. You also could be able to put out a small fire using a heavy blanket, but only if the fire is small enough to not catch the heavy blanket on fire.

For large electrical appliance fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should be sure you own at least one Type C fire extinguisher in your house. Extinguishers need to be inspected consistently to make sure they aren’t expired. If there is a operational fire extinguisher on hand, pull the pin near the top, point the nozzle at the source of the fire, and press the handle. If the flames get too dangerous to put out by yourself or you think the fire may block an exit, you should leave the house right away, shut the door , and wait for help from the fire department.

For the smaller appliance fires, call Ware Appliance Repair once the fire is extinguished and we will identify the reason for the fire and repair the appliance and return it to working order.

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