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4 Tips for Troubleshooting an Autoclave

August 30th, 2021

Or How to Recognize Problems

An autoclave is a sophisticated and important piece of equipment that is indispensable in many medical and scientific settings where it is used to sterilize equipment with heat, water, and pressure. And fixing your autoclave is best left to the experts. It’s not easy for the untrained eye to troubleshoot what is causing a problem.


However, being able to recognize problems with an autoclave is the first step in troubleshooting. So, here, below, we list for you some clear indicators that your autoclave needs either adjustment or servicing.

Water Leaking

There should not be any water leaking from the autoclave or pooling beneath it. If you notice this, then there is a problem. It could be the seal around the door that needs attention. Servicing is likely needed.

Equipment Is Damaged During Sterilization

If something is damaged like, say, melted during sterilization, then this is likely a simple adjustment problem. Temperature may need to be turned down or different settings may be needed. Or it could be a problem with the specific material you’re putting in the autoclave.

Sterilization Is Not Complete

Autoclaves are tested on a regular basis to make sure that the sterilization process is complete and there are tools for this. If your autoclave is not sterilizing like it should be, then it may need servicing and adjustments or repair from a professional.

Equipment Load Remains Wet After Cycle

Normally the equipment or materials being sterilized are dry at the end of a cycle. If the materials are still wet, there may be a problem with how the materials are being loaded or there could be a problem with the autoclave function. This could also be a problem with the specific materials, as porous ones can retain water. Consult with your professional autoclave specialist.

If you think there is a problem with your autoclave, never hesitate to call your autoclave specialist. The autoclave performs an important job, and it’s critical that the autoclave is performing the job exactly as designed.

Alpha Scientific supplies, installs, and services medical equipment in western Canada. If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about medical equipment, please call our toll-free number, (888) 818-4847, or email us at sales@alphascientific.ca.