Expert tells how to ensure your air conditioning unit is safe - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Expert tells how to ensure your air conditioning unit is safe

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The devastating fire on Severson Avenue that took nine lives Monday, according to Memphis Fire Department, was caused by something that many Mid-Southerners rely on during these hot summer months--a portable air conditioning unit.

The fire is a devastating reminder of the dangers of the device.

According to MFD, the power cord from the window-mounted air conditioning unit failed the family and caused the deadly fire.

"They could have overloaded the circuit," Jason Ross, General Manager of Hiller Cooling and Electrical, said. "If the wire isn't the proper size, it could overheat and whatever is behind that wall might possibly catch fire."

According to Ross, making sure that any appliance that draws a high electric current, like an A/C unit, is in proper working condition is important to any family's safety. Some of the things to look for are:

  • checking the power cord for frays and exposed wires
  • cleaning any visible dirt
  • checking for overheating
  • have the appliance checked by a license contractor if there is any doubt

"With any air conditioner, either standard or window air conditioning unit, you want to get it maintained, looked at, and inspected every year," Ross said.

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