So that’s what we’re here for. To help you avoid those kinds of mistakes and keep your autoclave running for as long as possible. And to do that. we’re going to tell you about the top 3 Midmark mistakes we see for different autoclaves. There are 3 common mistakes or issues that we see in the ownership of these autoclaves. And if you have any questions about this subject or anything else, you can call us. Our number is 704-966-1650, Option 3 for our Free Tech Support.
Double Checking the Door and Dam Gaskets
One of the common mistakes we see in Midmark autoclaves is not checking the gaskets properly after installation. The autoclaves will have one door gasket, or a door gasket and dam gasket combo like in the picture on the right. Either way, it’s important that you check that it was installed properly. Look around the edge of the gasket and look for any bit that may be sticking out or out of place. Adjust these problems as needed to ensure that your gasket as installed properly. And take a look at the tray rack and make sure it’s seated properly in the chamber as well. The gasket and tray go hand in hand.
It may not look like a big deal, but once pressure starts to leak from the machine, it can turn into a problem that you definitely don’t want on your hands. So ensure that you keep an eye on how your gaskets are getting installed. Your autoclave should have instructions that show you the proper way to install a Midmark door gasket.
Hot Cycling. The process of trying to jump into another cycle right after one just finished. Do not do this. There are autoclaves not built for hot cycling. One of the most common mistakes we see is that someone hot cycled their Midmark and it started causing problems. Hot cycling can cause delays with all of the excess steam it’s creating trying to pump new water into a chamber that hasn’t cooled down properly. And it can even push water back into the reservoir. So before you even think about running a new cycle, ensure that the chamber is cool. Give your Midmark ample time to cool off.
Failure to Perform Maintenance
We understand preventative maintenance can be hard to keep track of. There are many steps that can be involved in the longer periods of required maintenance. But we’ve shown you the dangers of what can happen if autoclaves aren’t properly taken care of. And one of the top 3 Midmark mistakes we see is people falling behind on weekly or monthly maintenance.
Weekly maintenance is all about things like draining the water. This can reduce sediment build up in the tubes. And wiping off the gasket and the gasket surface where it sits. Check the gasket for debris and give it and the holder a wipe down with a wet cloth.
Monthly maintenance is the more involved since it’s been longer. But not to worry, we can show you what to do. Monthly maintenance consists of changing the door gasket and dam gasket like the picture on the right. Failure to do this can result in major problems, so replace the door gasket. Also check on your door spring. The device that helps the door open after each cycle for adequate drying. And finally your mesh chamber filters. They’re located inside the chamber, and they need to be replaced after 6 months. Normally you could clean them after a short period of time, but after 6 months, replace them.
Mistakes are not uncommon, in any industry, especially not the top 3 Midmark mistakes we went over here. Make sure that when you first get a new autoclave you read carefully into what you’re supposed to do to avoid mistakes like this or any others. But even if you do make mistakes, we’ve got you covered. If you have any questions about your Statim, issues like these or anything else, you can find us using the links below.
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