AC Servicing During Circuit Breaker (Covid-19): The Complete Guide

 August 28, 2020

By  Cool Man

As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads, more people are forced to work from home. This includes many business owners and professionals who must keep their air conditioning running to stay productive. However, with many businesses now closed, there is a shortage of AC service technicians. Here are some tips on what you need to know about servicing your AC during this time.

What Is The Circuit Breaker?

The Circuit Breaker in Singapore is a set of measures that have been put into place to help prevent the spread of the virus. These measures include staying in residences, avoiding gatherings with friends and family, and not gathering in public spaces.

On March 14, 2020, the Circuit Breaker was implemented and gradually lifted over the following year. On May 8, 2021, after a month in Phase 2, Singapore returned to Phase 2 for a week before moving into the “Heightened Alert” phase on May 16th.

This means that Singaporeans are still asked to stay in their residences as much as possible and avoid large gatherings. Gatherings at home and in public spaces are still not allowed, except for those living together.

The Circuit Breaker is necessary to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and ensure the safety of all Singaporeans.

Does the Aircon service an Essential Service?

An aircon service is not classified as an essential service, which means that it is not a requirement during the Circuit Breaker. However, there are some safety measures that employers must adhere to if they decide to provide this service.

The Labour Ministry has stated that companies must apply for a general exemption to provide aircon services. This application must include the workforce and period-of-operation requirements. Only once the application is approved will a company be allowed to provide this service.

Employers must also adhere to safety measures when providing aircon services. These safety measures include having evacuation plans and maintaining proper ventilation in the workplace. Employees must also be adequately trained to use the aircon unit safely.

Right now, the only services that Aircon Repair is providing are chemical washes, aircon installations, and repairs when a unit needs to be replaced. Standard aircon services are not being offered right now. This means you may have to do it on your own.

In the second phase, “Heightened Alert,” we may service, repair, and install your aircon. However, we must follow strict safety guidelines. From May 16th, 2021, construction and renovation projects will be able to continue. When people live inside the area where the work is taking place, there may only be two workers at once.

Is It Possible To Repair My Air Conditioner During This Period?

Residents in Singapore will be pleased to know that air-conditioner repair and maintenance fall under the services permitted to resume from 2 June. However, due to the lengthy delays in obtaining permits and following safety procedures, many air conditioning contractors are currently facing hefty backlogs.

Customers can still choose aircon repairs if their aircon unit is broken, as long as it’s during “Circuit Breaker.” This is fantastic news for people who have an issue with their aircon units..”

Can I Service My Air Conditioner During The Circuit Breaker??

No. You will have to conduct aircon services by yourself because standard aircon services are not permitted.

During a circuit breaker, can I install an air conditioner??

Every commercial and residential building must comply with stipulated safety measures during construction, repair, and maintenance operations. The government has also stated that businesses that offer air-conditioner maintenance services must apply to the authorities to perform any work since this is not considered an essential service.

What Are The Alternatives Option?

It’s no secret that aircon usage in Singapore is high. To improve airflow, you can fir clean your aircon filter yourself. This will provide a fast cure and boost the flow of your AC unit! Then, vacuum the evaporator coil’s surface using the suction power of a vacuum cleaner, but be cautious not to harm anything on the coil. After that, clear the area around your air conditioner unit to ensure no obstructions affect airflow.

Final Thoughts

We hope that this article has helped to provide some clarity on the aircon servicing situation during the circuit breaker. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us; we will be happy to help! Stay safe and stay cool!

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