Eventually, performing that weekly spore test on your autoclave becomes just another task you check off of your weekly Things-To-Do list. Until, that is, you get that realize that says you failed. Then, it might be a top priority to find out what’s wrong, why you failed the test. If you’re ruled out operator error, then it’s probably an equipment problem. Here are 7 problems you can try to find if yourTuttnauer autoclaves fails the spore test.
Not level: It’s among those things that’s simple to over look but if someone jarred your autoclave or it was recently moved to a different location it could be that it’s no level. The device must be perfectly level in order to force steam downward on the proper angle.
Broken or dirty gasket: Check the gasket around the door to the Temperature Test Chamber. It may be dirty or get some mineral deposits onto it which are preventing it from creating an air-tight seal. If that’s the case, make reference to the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions. It may additionally be cracked or damaged in some way and it’s super easy to replace.
Clogged or broken air jet valve: This valve allows steam to become released through the chamber. The pressure within the chamber circulates the steam and forces it out from the air jet valve. This makes sure that the steam within the chamber remains with a constant temperature and pressure. If this valve is clogged or broken then that cooler steam remains within the chamber to result in cool air pockets. To clear the jet valve, simply pump the clean out wire back and forth ten times.
Mineral deposits: Mineral deposits on the inside the chamber can prevent or inhibit steam circulation which can cause cold spots inside the Temperature Test Chamber. Clean the inside of the chamber regularly pursuing the manufacturer’s directions. Never use an abrasive cleaner on the within the chamber.
Faulty heating element: Just because it looks like the heating element is working doesn’t mean it’s working properly. There may be considered a short somewhere that’s preventing it from heating to the proper temperature. To check, you’ll want to use a volt/ohm meter to look at the resistance. To obtain the proper range, consult your owner’s manual.
Faulty timer: First, be certain you’re allowing proper warm-up time. When beginning from a cold autoclave you’ll need yet another ten minutes for your cycle. Obviously, the easiest method to test out your timer is to use an end watch.
Faulty temperature sensor: The Rain Test Chamber, or thermistor, controls the heating elements and tells them when you should turn on and off. If the sensor is defective in that case your machine won’t get to the proper temperature. If you’ve tested the mvndkc and it’s in the proper range, then the issue is with the thermistor. Again, it’s super easy to change this part yourself.
In most states, even one failed spore test is cause for alarm. You’ll immediately must submit another test sample and wait another week for that results. By that time, you might be in big trouble. When you notice that first failed test you have to determine what’s causing the problem.
And don’t panic if you fail a spore test. Usually, it’s very simple to find and repair any difficulty you might have along with your Tuttnauer autoclave, without having to send it out for expensive repairs.