6 Useful Tips For Your Autoclave Repair

Although a sterilizer uses advanced technology in its operation, autoclave repair can still be done by a novice, simply by following basic guidelines.

Here are a few tips that will save you money and time, by helping you fix simple problems when they occur:

1. Most Repair Work Involves Changing Parts

Whenever an autoclave experiences a malfunction, the most basic solution is to simply replace worn-out or defective parts with new and better parts. Such defective parts can also be repaired and re-introduced back into the sterilizer.

Therefore, all you need to do is identify the source of any malfunction in your autoclave by analyzing the underlying problem. Various malfunction characteristics and the related root causes include:

  • A problem with selecting particular cycles may be due to the chamber door being open. This is easily   resolved by checking whether there is a defect in the chamber door’s locking mechanism.
  • If the temperature within an autoclave chamber does not rise to the correct setting, the chamber strainer or drain line may be plugged. Hence, cleaning the strainer or drain line may resolve this issue.
  • In cases where the temperature is too low, yet the autoclave pressure is quite high during the sterilization phase, there may be trapped air within the chamber due to a clogged drain or strainer. The solution to this malfunction involves cleaning the strainer within the chamber and flushing the drain line and traps.

2. Safety First In Autoclave Repair

There is always a potential danger in opening up a sterilizer during autoclave repair work. Such devices operate with high levels of steam pressure and temperature, which may cause serious harm if it comes in contact with human skin. Therefore, whenever repair work is required on an autoclave, the entire device must not only be turned off, but also unplugged from the power source.

3. No Need For Special Tools

Although a sterilizer is a special device with a unique function the tools needed for autoclave repair are simple and common gadgets found in any tool box. These tools include such basic appliances as screwdrivers and wrenches. Hence, you do not need to hire professional help if you have such tools and some basic know-how.

5. Always Label Different Parts

The easy part in autoclave repair is taking out the constituent parts. However, a major problem arises if you cannot recall how all the numerous parts go back in. In order to solve this issue, it is necessary to label every single part that you disconnect from the autoclave. Such labeling must indicate how the part originally fits into the sterilizer.

To avoid losing small parts, it is necessary to place all disconnected parts in a tray while doing the repairs. Such a tray can also have partitions based on the different sections that various parts fit into the autoclave.

Sometimes, it can be difficult to remember how properly-fitted parts looked like initially. To counter this issue, make sure to take pictures of each part before detaching. This will help in properly re-installing all detached parts.

6. Plan The Repair From Start To End

When trying to figure out the cause of a malfunction during autoclave repair, the best way to do it is by following a system of well-organized steps. By planning the steps to follow during repair, it will be easier to identify defective or worn out parts without over-looking any critical aspects. Without such a systematic process, it can be quite hard to actually identify what the problem is in a malfunctioning autoclave.

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