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HVAC Fire Hazards

Common causes behind HVAC fires 

Although HVAC systems are designed to make our homes more comfortable and livable, especially during those hot summer days, if not cared for, they can become a fire hazard. Since October is Fire Prevention Month, we thought it seemed appropriate to take a look at a few of the causes behind HVAC fires and what property owners can do to prevent their units from going up in flames.

  • Overheated motor
    Dirt accumulation, insufficient lubrication, and voltage problems can all result in an overheated motor, which if not fixed, can result in a fire.  
  • Faulty wiring
    Fraying, loose, or corroded wiring, as well as incorrect fuses, can lead to electrical shorts which in turn can cause HVAC fires.
  • Overcrowded unit
    Boxes, cleaning supplies, and clutter piled up right near your HVAC system can have serious and detrimental consequences because they may obstruct airflow, strain the system, and cause a fiery reaction.

What to do if your HVAC system catches fire

As is the case with any type of fire, the top priority is your safety. Get away from the fire and call 9-1-1 immediately.

Regular HVAC maintenance is key

In order to reduce the threat of your HVAC unit catching fire, regular HVAC maintenance is an absolute must! Not only does it allow your HVAC technician to identify conditions that could become fire hazards, but it also ensures that your HVAC can meet its expected lifespan.

Sign up for an HVAC maintenance plan with Polar Bear Services

At Polar Bear Services, we offer HVAC maintenance plans for property owners in Hoover, Leeds, and throughout Greater Birmingham as well as Huntsville, Anniston and across Central Alabama. For only $150 per unit per year, one of our highly trained and fully licensed HVAC specialists will service your unit(s) two times each year.

In addition to keeping HVAC systems working as they should, homeowners save money, avoid unnecessary stress brought on by a busted unit, enjoy cheaper utilities, and benefit from better indoor air quality!

Why choose Polar Bear Services to be your HVAC contractor

Our locally-owned and family-operated HVAC company takes pride in delivering professional and reliable HVAC services and have been doing so since 2011. When you trust us with all your heating and cooling needs, we will install, repair, and maintain your HVAC system – whatever it takes to ensure your satisfaction.

If you have questions about HVAC systems, need repair work done, or have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. In fact, we always say “Call The Bear”!