What Is the Covid-19 Circuit Breaker In Singapore?
Singapore entered a “circuit breaker” period as a precautionary measure against escalating COVID-19 infections. During these times, Singaporeans have been advised to stay in their residences when possible. To reduce the risks relating to infections, new laws have banned all gatherings relating to friends and family that don’t live together.
Gatherings at public spaces, at home (like HDB void parks and decks), have also been banned. By May 2021, Singapore was in the 3rd phase of lifting the “circuit breaker” measures. However, on 8 May 2021, the nation was returned to Phase 2, for a week before entering the “Heightened Alert” phase from 16 May 2021.
Is An Aircon Service essential During The Circuit Breaker?
No. MTI regulations and rules have stated clearly that aircon services are not regarded as essential services. You can only hire a professional technician when an aircon service becomes absolutely necessary since it is classified as a non-essential service.
Employers that provide aircon services are required to apply to the MIT for a general exemption. Only once the application is submitted can a company provide the service which states the manpower and period-of-operation requirements.
The companies that receive approval from the MIT will be permitted to provide an aircon service, but they must adhere to a set of safety measures.
Aircon repairs have been limited to aircon chemical wash services, aircon installations, and repair services only when a unit requires replacement due to a complete breakdown. Standard aircon services are not permitted, which means you may have to do it on your own.
In Phase 2 the “Heightened Alert” we are allowed to repair, maintain, service, and install your air-conditioner, as long as we adhere to Safe Management Measures. Building-related and renovation services and works are permitted to continue from the 16th of May 2021. However, when there are residents inside the building where the work will be carried out, then only 2 workers will be permitted per day.
Can I Repair My Aircon During The Circuit Breaker?
Air-conditioner maintenance and repair fall under the services that are permitted to resume from 2 June, since Singapore has exited the “Circuit Breaker”.
However, operators are faced with huge backlogs and are still required to comply with the stipulated approvals and safety measures before they are allowed to restart work.
Even though an aircon service is not permitted during “Circuit Breaker”, customers can still choose aircon repairs to ensure their aircon unit remains in a “working” condition.
Can I Service My Aircon During The Circuit Breaker?
Aircon repair work is still limited to aircon installations, chemical wash services, and aircon repairs only when your unit has completely broken down and needs to be replaced.
Standard aircon services are not permitted, which means you may have to conduct these services by yourself.
Can I Install an Aircon During Circuit Breaker?
Stipulated safety measures must be implemented during installation, maintenance, and servicing works at every commercial and residential premise. The ministry has also clarified that the companies that provide air-conditioner maintenance services are required to first approach the authorities to make an application to complete any work since this is not regarded as one of the essential services.
What are the options if aircon service is not available during circuit breaker?
Everyone knows that the aircon usage demand is high in Singapore. The first thing you can do is to clean the aircon filter by yourself. This will provide a quick fix and increase airflow for your AC unit! Next, use a vacuum cleaner’s suction power on the surface of the evaporator coil, but be careful not to damage anything on the coil.
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