Emergency Appliance Repair

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

If an appliance emergency happens in your house, unplug the appliance right away and then call Philly Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Philadelphia. If there is an electrical fire resulting from one of the large or small appliances inside of your home, we advise calling the fire department before attempting to eliminate the fire by yourself.

An electrical fire from an appliance can be very scary and very dangerous, but there are a few ways to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If an appliance goes up in flames, it is important to not panic and remain calm. Follow these easy guidelines to help keep your house safe from electrical appliance fires.

PREVENTING ELECTRICAL FIRES

You are able to prevent electrical fires from ever starting by following a few simple guidelines for appliance safety. Don’t plug more than two devices into one electrical outlet—the wiring might get overloaded and then spark a fire, especially when there’s debris like clothes or paper close to the outlet.

It is possible to forget about the dangers of larger household appliances because they remain plugged in all the time, but they still present as much chance for a fire hazard as small electrical appliances like toasters and heaters. Large appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine should not be left running overnight or while you’re away from home, and don’t keep a refrigerator or freezer in line of direct sunlight, in order to prevent overworking the cooling systems inside.

Inspect all outlets regularly for extreme heat, signs of burns, and buzzing or crackling noises that could point to electrical arcing. Be sure you have at least one smoke detector on each floor of your home, and test them often to keep them in working order.

WHAT TO NOT DO

If there’s an appliance repair emergency involving an electrical fire, it can be tempting to put out the flames with water, but water shouldn’t be used to douse an electrical 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 the electricity to additional parts of the room, increasing the chance of igniting more flammable items nearby.

HOW TO EXTINGUISH AN ELECTRICAL FIRE

The first step you should do is unplug the electric device from the power source and call the local fire department. Even if you think you can extinguish the fire by yourself, it’s a good idea to have backup if the flames do get out of control.

For minor fires, you could be able to use baking soda to douse the flames. Covering the smoking or burning spot with some baking soda will sometimes prohibit oxygen flow to the flames with very little risk of electrocution. Baking soda includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the same chemical in regulation fire extinguishers. You also might be able to smother a small fire with a heavy blanket, but only when the flames are small enough not to catch the blanket on fire as well.

For big electrical fires, you need a Type C fire extinguisher. You should always be sure you own at least one Type C extinguisher in your house. Extinguishers need to be checked regularly to be sure they have not expired. If there’s a operational extinguisher on hand, just pull the pin near the top, aim the hose at the fire, and squeeze the handle. If the flames get too dangerous to put out alone or you think the fire might block an exit, you should leave the home immediately, shut the door behind you, and then wait for help from the local fire department.

For the smaller appliance fires, call Philly Appliance Repair once the flames are under control and we will diagnose the cause of the fire and repair the appliance and restore it to its original condition.

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