Emergency Appliance Repair

A typical appliance repair emergency might be a leak or smoke or even a fire coming from the household appliance.

In the event of an appliance emergency in your home, unplug the appliance right away and call Corona Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Corona. If there’s an electrical fire resulting from one of the appliances inside your home, we suggest calling the city fire department before attempting to eliminate the fire on your own.

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

PREVENTING ELECTRICAL FIRES

You are able to stop electrical fires before they start by following some simple guidelines for appliance safety in a home. Don’t plug a lot of devices into a single electrical outlet—the wiring might become overloaded and then spark a fire, especially if there is clutter like paper or clothes nearby the electrical outlet.

It is possible to forget about the 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 small devices like kitchen toasters and heaters. Larger appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher shouldn’t be left to run overnight or any time you’re not at home, and don’t keep a refrigerator or freezer in line of direct sunlight, in order to prevent overworking their cooling systems.

Examine all outlets on a regular basis for extreme heat, signs of burns, and crackling or buzzing noises that might point to electrical arcing. Be sure you keep at least one working smoke detector on each story of your home, and test them often to keep them in good working order.

WHAT TO NOT DO

If there is an appliance repair emergency such as an electrical fire, it might be tempting to put out the fire with water, but water shouldn’t be used to fight an electrical appliance fire.

Water can conduct electricity, and pouring water on or near a power source might cause a severe electrical shock. It might even make the fire stronger. Water can conduct electricity to additional locations of the room, running the risk of igniting other flammable objects nearby.

HOW TO EXTINGUISH AN ELECTRICAL FIRE

The first thing you need to do is unplug the device from the power outlet and call the local fire department. Even if you think you are able to extinguish the fire on your own, it is important to have help if the flames do get out of control.

For smaller fires, you could be able to pour on baking soda to douse the fire. Covering the smoking or burning area with baking soda can prohibit oxygen flow to the flames with little chance of electrocution. Baking soda also contains sodium bicarbonate, which is the chemical in standard fire extinguishers. You also might be able to smother a smaller fire using a heavy blanket as well, but only if the fire is small enough not to catch the heavy blanket on fire.

For big electrical fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should make sure you own at least one Type C or multi-use extinguisher in your house. Extinguishers need to be inspected consistently to be sure they aren’t expired. If there is a working fire extinguisher on hand, release the pin at the top, aim the nozzle at the fire, and squeeze the handle. If the fire gets too big to fight alone or you think the fire might block an exit, you should leave the house right away, close the door behind you, and wait for help from the local fire department.

For the small appliance fires, call Corona Appliance Repair once the fire is extinguished and we will diagnose the cause of the fire and repair the appliance and restore it to its original condition.

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