Appliance safety tips

Aqualectra is not responsible for early damage to appliances.  Before purchasing new electrical appliances:

  • Make sure the voltage corresponds to the electrical specifications used on Curaçao: 127/220 volts AC 50Hz, 3 phase and neutral.  If the device reads 100-240V, 50/60 Hz, it will work anywhere in the world.  If voltage of the device is different from the electrical specifications for Curacao, you will need a transformer or converter to convert electricity from 220/240 volt AC to 110/120 volt AC (step down) or 110/120 volt AC to 220/240 volt AC (step up).
  • Check the frequency: electric motors in appliances (clocks, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, washing machines and other white goods) are sensitive to frequency.  Different frequencies mean motors run at the wrong speed resulting in higher loss, more heat, and shorter life span.
  • Review safety precautions for appliance use.
  • Check energy labels: energy-efficient appliances have performance ratings indicating energy and cost savings.
  • An electrical defect in an appliance or fixture combined with conductor damage could allow electric current to flow along a water pipe. Improper or damaged wiring may create risk of electric shock to persons removing, repairing or installing water pipe, water meters, or other plumbing. Call a licensed electrician to resolve the problem.
  • Do not overload a receptacle or electrical circuit. Fires can occur when overloaded wires become hot.
  • Never cut the third prong off a plug to accommodate a two-hole outlet.  There will be no grounding of the appliance casing.  If a hot wire inside the device comes in contact with the casing, results could be deadly. If a two-prong receptacle must be used, install a two- to three-prong receptacle adapter with a grounding wire to the receptacle's grounded cover screw.

Transformer safety

  • Transformers draw electricity even if the appliance is not in use, resulting in heat build-up. Turn off and unplug transformers when not in use.
  • When connecting the transformer, do not interrupt the ground (earth connection) to the appliance.
  • Do not handle a transformer with wet feet/hands or when it is hot.
  • Make sure the wattage of the transformer is greater than that of the device; otherwise the transformer can overheat or catch fire. Experts recommend transformers have at least 10% more wattage than the device.
  • Before buying a transformer, look for the "input" figure - usually found on the device's plug or in the manual.  If wattage is not displayed, estimate it by multiplying the voltage and the amperage; the resulting figure (VA) provides an approximate value for the wattage.