A well-functioning autoclave, such as the Statim 2000 autoclave, is essential for sterilizing instruments and killing as many microorganisms as possible. In fact, two of the most common steam-sterilizing temperatures in an autoclave are 250 and 270 degrees Fahrenheit.
Maintenance and regular autoclave repair are necessary to keep your autoclave in working order for better productivity. For this reason, we’ve come prepared with some of the most common questions about autoclave repair and maintenance so you can get as much out of your Statim 2000 or Statim 5000 as possible.
How often should a steam autoclave be inspected?
Your autoclave should be inspected by a repair service every 300 cycles or so. This time frame ensures your autoclave receives the maintenance it needs if your autoclave’s manual doesn’t come with a suggested preventative maintenance plan.
It’s also a good idea to have your autoclave tested every 300 cycles because your autoclave isn’t always up and running. That is, you may not need a quarterly inspection if your autoclave only runs once a week and is also turned off between each run.
What causes steam autoclave damage?
There are a variety of environmental factors that may impact your autoclave. Some of the most common ones include usage, longevity, and frequency of inspections. However, another common cause of damage is the autoclave’s steam and water quality.
Sufficient saturated steam is vital to your autoclave. You also need to pay close attention to the autoclave’s dryness and particulate levels. Particulates especially can cause steam traps to fail and may damage the valves.
The water that goes into your autoclave is also extremely important. Hard water can cause scale buildup in the sterilizer and heating elements of the autoclave. This can reduce the heating efficiency and make it more difficult for your autoclave to perform.
However, it isn’t only the scale in the hard water that poses a threat. Chlorides can also cause stainless steel to corrode and pit even if the steel is high-quality.
Regular autoclave maintenance is essential to keep your sterilizer in working order for greater productivity. For more information on autoclaves and RPI parts, contact the autoclave repair services of Statim USA today.