Emergency Appliance Repair

An 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, unplug the appliance right away and call Bethesda Appliance Repair for local appliance repair in Bethesda. If there is an electrical fire happening with one of the large or small appliances in your home, we suggest calling the fire department before attempting to extinguish the fire on your own.

An electrical fire is scary and very dangerous, but there are a few ways to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If an electrical appliance is in flames, it is important not to panic and to remain calm. Follow these easy guidelines below to help keep your house safe from electrical appliance fires.


Homeowners are able to stop electrical fires before they start by following a few simple guidelines for appliance safety. Do not plug in a lot of devices into one outlet—the wiring might get overloaded and spark a fire, especially if there’s clutter like paper or clothes nearby the outlet.

It’s possible to forget about the dangers of large household appliances because they are plugged in all of the time, but they present as much chance for a fire hazard as smaller electrical devices like kitchen toasters and heaters. Larger appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine shouldn’t be left to run overnight or any time you’re not at home, and try not to keep a refrigerator or freezer in line of direct sunlight, in order to prevent possibly overworking their cooling systems.

Examine all outlets on a regular basis for excessive heat, signs of burns, and buzzing or crackling sounds that might point to electrical arcing. Make sure you have at least one smoke detector on each floor of your house, and test the smoke detectors often to keep them in working condition.


If there is an appliance repair emergency involving an electrical fire, it might be tempting to douse the fire with water, however water shouldn’t be used to fight an electrical appliance fire.

Water will conduct electricity, and throwing water on a power source can cause a harmful electrical shock. It might even make the fire even worse. Water could conduct electricity to additional areas of the room, increasing the chance of igniting other flammable objects nearby.


The immediate step you should do is to unplug the appliance from the power outlet and call the fire department. Even if you might be able to take care of the fire on your own, it’s important to have backup if the fire does get out of hand.

For minor fires, you may be able to use baking soda to douse the fire. Covering the smoking or burning spot with some baking soda can prohibit oxygen flow to the flames with little chance of electrocution. Baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate, which is the same chemical in standard fire extinguishers. You also may be able to extinguish a small fire with a heavy blanket, but only if the flames are small enough to not catch the heavy blanket on fire as well.

For large electrical fires, use a Type C fire extinguisher. You should be sure you own at least one Type C fire extinguisher in your house. Extinguishers need to be checked often to make sure they have not expired. If there’s a working extinguisher in the home, just pull the pin at the top, aim the hose at the fire, and squeeze the handle. If the flames get too big to fight alone or you are concerned the fire could block an exit, leave the house immediately, shut the door behind you, and wait for help from the local fire department.

For the smaller appliance fires, call Bethesda Appliance Repair once the fire is extinguished and we can diagnose the cause of the fire and repair the appliance and return it to working order.


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