A typical appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the appliance.
In the event of an appliance emergency in your home, unplug the appliance right away and call Elite Euless Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Euless. If there is an electrical fire from one of the appliances in your home, we suggest calling the local fire department before attempting to put out the fire yourself.
An electrical fire is scary and very dangerous, but there are a few ways to be prepared in case of an emergency. If one of your appliances goes up in flames, it’s very important not to panic. Follow our simple guidelines below to keep your house safe from electrical appliance fires.
Homeowners can stop electrical fires before they start by following a few simple guidelines for appliance safety in a home. Do not plug in a lot of devices into a single electrical outlet—the wiring might get overloaded and then spark a fire, especially when there is debris like paper or clothes close to the outlet.
It can be easy to forget about the apparent dangers of larger household appliances because they remain plugged in all of the time, but they present as much chance for a fire hazard as smaller devices like kitchen toasters and space heaters. Larger appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine should not be left to run overnight or while you’re away from home, and try not to place a freezer or refrigerator in line of direct sunlight, in order to prevent possibly overworking their cooling systems inside.
Inspect all of the outlets regularly for excessive heat, signs of burns, and buzzing or crackling noises that might point to electrical arcing. Make sure you keep at least one smoke detector on every story of your home, and test them often to keep them in good working order.
If there is an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it could be tempting to douse the flames with water, but water should never be used to put out an electrical appliance fire.
Water will conduct electricity, and pouring water on or near a power source could give a harmful electrical shock. It might even make the fire stronger. Water can conduct the electricity to other parts of the room, increasing the risk of igniting other flammable items in the room.
The first thing you need to do is to unplug the appliance from the power source and call your local fire department. Even if you can extinguish the fire by yourself, it is important to have backup if the fire does get out of control.
For small fires, you might be able to use baking soda to smother the flames. Covering the smoldering or burning spot with some baking soda can prohibit oxygen flow to the fire with little chance of electrocution. Baking soda includes sodium bicarbonate, which is the chemical in standard fire extinguishers. You also may be able to put out a small fire with a heavy blanket, but only when the fire is small enough to not catch the heavy blanket on fire as well.
For big electrical fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should make sure you have at least one Type C or multi-use fire extinguisher in your home. Extinguishers should also be inspected often to be sure they aren’t expired. If there’s a working extinguisher on hand, just pull the pin at the top, aim the nozzle at the fire, and squeeze the handle. If the flames get too big to fight by yourself or you are concerned the fire may block an exit, you should leave the house right away, close the door behind you, and then wait for assistance from the local fire department.
For the smaller appliance fires, call Elite Euless Appliance Repair once the fire is under control and we will identify the reason for the fire and repair the electrical appliance and restore it to working order.
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