Many homeowners like to save money by performing their own maintenance and repairs on their house. However, there are many home projects that are definitely not DIY, this includes most electrical repairs and working on air conditioning and heating equipment. For your safety, always contact a qualified, licensed technician to handle the installation and servicing of your air conditioning and heating equipment.
Consider These Statistics
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 15% of consumer-product related electrocutions are related to contact with large appliances. These electrocutions occur most commonly while someone is attempting to service or repair the appliance.
In 2006, an estimated 33,500 injuries were reported to hospital emergency rooms as involving air conditioners, fans, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, and heat pumps. The leading types of injuries were laceration (14,890), contusion or abrasion (6,110), and strain or sprain (4,430).
In 2006, air conditioning or related equipment was involved in an estimated 7,400 reported U.S. home structure fires, with associated losses of 270 civilian injuries and $200 million indirect property damage.
In 2003-2006, the 7,000 reported home structure fires per year involving air conditioning and related equipment included 2,400 per year involving central and room air conditioners specifically and 3,700 per year involving fans.
In 1995-2003 (excluding 1999, which was not reported), there were 11.5 electrocution deaths per year involving air conditioners and 4.3 electrocution deaths per year involving fans.
So the next time you need help installing or maintaining your home's air conditioner or furnace, don't take chances. Remember that Total Comfort Solutions is here to help keep you safe