A possible power surge over a week ago has occurred at the Logan County Justice Center causing the HVAC system to stop working on its own. The problem will require approximately $6,610 worth of work to repair.
According to Judge Executive Logan Chick, the county will pay for the repair, however, a reimbursement of the expense will be given by the Administrative Office of the Court (AOC) when the work is complete.
The Logan County Fiscal Court agreed to spend the funds at its Tuesday, April 8th meeting. Magistrates chose to use a company out of Owensboro to repair the system. The problem has been located inside a panel within the system that burned up during the surge. A new system, said Chick, would cost over a half a million dollars, and although the surge was unfortunate, it could have been worse.
The system hasn’t stopped, but because the problem has affected its ability to turn itself on and off, it has now got to be run manually instead of on its own.
“I have to keep an eye on it and manually make sure the system is running properly,” said Duck Duncan, maintenance supervisor for the county. “It doesn’t cut on and off by itself like it should. The system is very high tech and when working properly basically runs itself.”
Duncan said the problem is a panel that helps control a lot of the electronics within the system. Also affected was a computer in his office that helps him make adjustments to the system. Because his computer is also down, it makes it impossible for Duncan to monitor the system’s own adjustments. “I have to literally push buttons myself to assure it is working,” said Duncan.
The county will have a battery backup system installed as well to assure this does not happen again, said Duncan. A battery backup will kick in if there is another surge, which will keep the system going even for hours if necessary. “This will keep the components from burning up,” said Duncan.
Duncan said hopefully the system will be back up this week sometime, until then he will continue to keep a close check on the temperatures in the center morning, afternoon and night. With the weather changes he will be moving that thermostat quite often.