Soumya Prakash Pradhan

With the rising heatwave conditions across India, temperatures are soaring across all cities, with some places recently reaching a scorching 56 degrees Celsius.

In Delhi, for example, the temperature climbed to this extreme.

Additionally, there was an incident in Noida where an air conditioning unit malfunctioned and caused an explosion. 

Such incidents, often related to electrical or mechanical failures, can pose serious risks. As the heat rises, air conditioners become essential for comfort and safety. 

However, it is important to ensure that your AC unit does not become a fire hazard.

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Here are some simple tips to keep it safe:

  1. Regularly change the air filters, especially during peak heat times, as clogged filters can restrict airflow and cause the AC to overheat.
  2. Clean the outdoor unit to remove debris like leaves and twigs that can block the condenser coils, reducing efficiency and increasing the risk of overheating.
  3. Maintain at least two feet of clearance around the outdoor unit to ensure proper airflow, and avoid storing flammable materials nearby.
  4. Avoid using extension cords, as AC units require dedicated circuits. Using an extension cord can overload the circuit and lead to overheating.
  5. Schedule professional maintenance to ensure that your AC unit is serviced properly, addressing loose connections and other issues that could pose risks.
  6. Pay attention to any unusual sounds coming from the AC unit, as grinding noises, excessive vibrations, or burning smells could indicate a potential danger. If you notice any of these signs, shut off the AC immediately and contact a technician for repairs.

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