They recommend leaving the refrigerator unplugged, even if it has a voltage protector


April 1, 2019 01:50 PM
Updated April 1, 2019 14:46

For appliances, the problem is not that electricity goes away, but the voltage variations that constantly occur from lack of energy, explains Carlos Masiá Vieweg, executive director of the Venezuelan Chamber of Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Allied.

While the population awaits the official publication of concrete electricity rationing schedules announced by Nicolás Maduro, what has happened in many parts of the country is that energy comes and goes in short periods of time. Many have commented on social networks that explode bulbs or that light fails only for seconds, which people call "downs."

This is the situation that puts home appliances, especially refrigeration appliances, at risk. "People can worry about televisions, air conditioners, but what should be in 24 hours is the refrigerator or refrigerator, and that's precisely what is affected by the voltage variations," insists Masiá.

Ensures that televisions, microwaves, washers, dryers, and air conditioners can remain off. "It is advisable that as soon as the electricity goes away, everything is disconnected, but especially the refrigerator, even if it has the protector, because it is not guarantee," he explains.

What this protector does is to receive the electricity in phases until the necessary voltage for the ignition is reached, but this can be 110 or 150. The device then lets the energy pass, even if it comes with a little more volts, because does the complete job. "It is recommended that the refrigerator be connected to a protector and this device to a regulator that goes directly to the outlet. This latter device is one that ensures that there are no more volts to pass than the device needs, which in most cases is 110 ".

What Masiá suggests is that the devices remain disconnected until the electricity flow stabilizes, as there is nothing to ensure that the compressor in a refrigerator is recharged with low or high voltage.

"There are a lot of factors that affect the refrigerator to function properly 24 hours to maintain food. That's why it's best to unplug them," he insists.

What do you need to know

Masía comments that according to data from the 2011 census of the National Institute of Statistics, about 90% of the population has a refrigerator or refrigerator in their home, making it one of the most important assets of Venezuelan families.

"The Venezuelans need to know that a refrigerator can keep the cold between 3 and 4 hours after a power failure, if it remains disconnected and without opening it. The freezer or freezer can keep the temperature in 48 hours," explains the specialist

It ensures that the fuller the freezer, the better the cooling; so if you do not have many frozen foods, you can fill it with bottled water that, when frozen, will help keep the temperature of the food stored there.

Masiá also draws attention to the fact that the industry can not meet the demand for spare parts or repairs for home appliances, since for many years parts and complete products have not been produced.

"We are not able to respond to this emergency, almost all of our materials are imported and, like many other industries, we do not have access to the currency to be able to supply these parts," he said.


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