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Frequently Asked Questions

1. If my existing air-conditioning unit is already supported on a metal bracket, do I need to change the bracket to a stainless steel bracket?
2. If my air-conditioning unit is already supported on a concrete ledge or encased by a concrete or steel casing, do I still need to install a stainless steel bracket?
3. Do I have to install a stainless steel bracket for my air-conditioning unit if it is located within my internal balcony?
4. Is there any requirement stipulating the location at which my air-conditioning unit must be installed?
5. How often must I check/maintain the stainless steel supporting frame of my air-conditioning unit?
6. What must I do if I need to replace/retrofit my air-conditioning unit?
7. Where can I find out more about the support for air-conditioning unit?

1. If my existing air-conditioning unit is already supported on a metal bracket, do I need to change the bracket to a stainless steel bracket?
 

If your air-conditioning unit is already supported by a metal bracket, you are not required to change it to a new stainless steel bracket. You may continue to use the metal bracket. However, if the existing metal bracket is badly corroded, you should contact a trained installer to replace it immediately to prevent any accidents.

The supporting bracket must be in stainless steel when you replace the current air-conditioning unit with a new one.

   
2. If my air-conditioning unit is already supported on a concrete ledge or encased by a concrete or steel casing, do I still need to install a stainless steel bracket?
 

Many new buildings have concrete ledges or casings specifically designed to hold the air-conditioning units installed. If your air-conditioning unit sits securely on a concrete ledge or inside a concrete or steel casing specifically designed to hold it, then there is no need for any retrofitting works. Nonetheless, you should regularly check that there is no deterioration in the ledges or casings.

   
3. Do I have to install a stainless steel bracket for my air-conditioning unit if it is located within my internal balcony?
 

The legislative requirements pertaining to air-conditioning units are targeted specifically at those units which are installed on the facade of buildings as it would be a safety hazard if they are not properly supported.

If your air-conditioning unit is installed within your own property and would not pose any danger to the public even if it falls off, the legislative requirements would not apply to you. However, you are advised to check the condition of the supporting bracket regularly and to replace it with stainless steel one when the condition calls for it.

   
4. Is there any requirement stipulating the location at which my air-conditioning unit must be installed?
 

BCA does not have any requirements on the location at which the air-conditioning unit must be installed.

   
5. How often must I check/maintain the stainless steel supporting frame of my air-conditioning unit?
 

You should inspect them, at least, once every six months to see that the supporting frame has not deteriorated due to corrosion or wear and tear over time. A more thorough inspection should be carried out by an installer when he is engaged to clean/maintain the air-conditioning unit.

If your air-conditioning unit is supported on concrete ledge, you should repair the ledge if there is crack appearing on the ledge.

   
6. How often must I check/maintain the stainless steel supporting frame of my air-conditioning unit?
 

To ensure that your air-conditioning unit is properly replaced/retrofitted so that it does not pose a risk of falling in future due to poor workmanship, the law requires you to engage a trained installer to do the job.

A trained installer is a person who has passed a training course for installing air-conditioning supports at the BCA Academy.

   
7. Where can I find out more about the support for air-conditioning unit?
 

You can visit these pages for:

(a) legislation requirements

(b) standard retrofitting methods

(c) trained installers

(d) retrofitting report