In this article, we’re going to explain one of the many error codes that can affect your Midmark M9/Midmark M11 autoclave. This article will focus specifically on error code C646. We’ll tell you about the problem, what displays when the error occurs, its possible causes, and the course of action to take to resolve said error.
However, if you’re more of a visual learner, we have a video on this error code available here.
C647: DRY MODE PRESSURE HIGH
PUSH STOP TO RESTART
Gauge pressure inside chamber is equal to or greater than 2.18 psi (15 kPa) during DRY mode, or 0.7 psi (5 kPa) during DOOR mode.
Causes, Checks and Actions
If Door did not open before DRY mode…
Possible Cause 1: Door spring missing/damaged.
- Check 1: If the door motor releases the latch, but the door remains closed, Inspect door spring for damage.
- Check 2: Verify if door is at the vented position. (Push in on door with out lifting handle)
- Check 3: Verify the QTY of door springs. (M11- QTY 2, M9-QTY 1)
- Action: Replace door springs.
- Check 4: Verify door springs are at a 45 degree angle.
- Action: Place door spring at a 45 degree angle.
Possible Cause 2: Chamber filter clogged.
- Check: Check if chamber filter is clogged.
- Action: Clean / Replace filter. (Clean with Speed-Clean and brush)
Possible Cause 3: Door/dam gaskets.
- Check A: Inspect door / dam gaskets for proper installation and any signs of sticking.
- Action A: Install door / dam gaskets properly.
- Check B: If new gasket, check if wire ring in gasket is preventing gasket from fully being seated.
- Action B: Temporarily remove wire ring. Re-install wire ring after gasket is fully seated.
Possible Cause 4: Trays not pushed in properly.
- Check: Be sure trays slide in properly.
- Action: Remove obstructions that prevent the trays from sliding in completely.
Possible Cause 5: Door pins/latch binding.
- Check A: With door open, door handle should move Up / Down freely.
- Action A: Clean door pins / latch mechanism. (Clean with Synthetic Dry Protectant – Aerosol / Spray on)
- Check B: Inspect latch mechanism for wear / damage.
- Action B: Replace worn / damaged components.
Possible Cause 6: Door motor system/latch “hanging up”.
- Check A: Remove the door cover, and RH side panel. With the door closed, run the ‘Door Open Test’. Watch for any mechanical issues that may prevent the door from opening. Refer to: Service Diagnostics (I/O Test)
- Action A: Replace worn / damaged components.
- Check B: Verify Door Motor is angled as close to PC board as possible.
- Action B: Adjust door motor angle.
- Check C: Place in Service Diagnostics Mode. With the door closed, run the Door Open Test. Watch for any mechanical issues that may prevent full rotation of door motor cam. Refer to: Service Diagnostics
- Action C: Replace door motor.
- Check D: Check if the connecting rod is installed in the proper location on the door motor cam. (9 for M9, 11 for M11)
- Action D: Install connecting rod in the proper 9 or 11 location on the door motor cam.
If Door did open before DRY mode….
Possible Cause 7: PC Board malfunctioning.
- Check 1: Perform: Heating Element Supply Voltage Test (With harness attached to leads should have line voltage in test mode)
- Check 2: Perform: Main PC Board Relay Test (Check TP1 & TP2 for an acceptable range: 10 to 14 VDC)
- Check 3: Perform: Main PC Board Pressure Transducer Voltage Test (Acceptable range: 4.0 to 6.0 VDC)
- Action: Replace Main PC board.
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