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Can HVAC systems cause fires?

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Over the past few years, especially during the height of COVID-19, people have been paying quite a bit of attention to their HVAC systems.

These systems, which are crucial for maintaining comfortable temperatures and pleasant indoor environments, are almost always safe and relatively easy to maintain if you know what you’re doing.

That said, we do sometimes see HVAC units causing problems for home and business owners. Specifically, we’ve seen a few fires start within components of the HVAC system and spread throughout the building.

Often, the fire isn’t really the HVAC system’s fault. For instance, a gas leak can start anywhere, but it gets spread by the HVAC system, eventually leading to some kind of combustion.

More commonly, though, we see malfunctions in the HVAC system due to improper maintenance. Specifically, we see motors overheat and catch fire. These problems are almost always preventable and stem from lack of cleaning, insufficient lubrication or poor maintenance in general.

Take our advice – don’t defer necessary maintenance. Take care of your building and it will take care of you.

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