If you have an autoclave, there’s a pretty good chance that it’s a Tuttnauer. Tuttnauer has been manufacturing sterilizing equipment since 1925, and their products can be found in veterinary offices, dental offices, hospitals, laboratories, and universities around the world. Wherever there is equipment to be sterilized, there’s probably a Tuttnauer unit nearby.
These autoclaves are lauded for their great design, superb engineering, and accurate, reliable performance. But like any piece of equipment, they can wear out and require repairs over the years.
The good news is that you have the capability to handle your own autoclave repairs. It doesn’t matter if you’re mechanically helpless, you can be taught how to work on your Tuttnauer. It’s actually pretty easy. Just follow the steps, and you’ll get through your repair without any hassle.
Handling your own repairs can save you lots of money. The typical autoclave repair shop overcharges customers big time. And doing your own repairs will save you time, because most repair shops take weeks to handle even minor repairs.
Today, you’re going to learn how to handle a repair on a Tuttnauer’s cut-out thermostat. More specifically, you’re going to learn what to do when your Tuttnauer’s cut-out thermostat reset button is constantly tripping.
6 Things You Should Do
Follow these 6 simple steps to try to identify the reason your autoclave thermostat reset button is always tripping.
- Make sure that the unit is getting the correct voltage
- Make sure the autoclave is filling up with the right amount of distilled water
- Check to ensure that the water sensor is clean
- Verify that the cut-out thermostat is properly installed
- Check to ensure there are no water or steam leaks
- Make sure the temperature isn’t set above 273 °F (134°C)
After completing these 6 steps, you have hopefully solved the issue that is causing your Tuttnauer’s thermostat reset button to keep tripping. That wasn’t so hard now, was it?
What If It Didn’t Work?
What happens if you followed the 6 steps outlined above and the reset button continues to trip?
You might think that you should take your autoclave to a repair shop. Don’t! When you take your unit in to an autoclave repair facility, their technicians will do the exact same things you’ve already done. And they’ll charge you quite a bit for it.
The best thing to do is to simply replace the cut-out thermostat. Once you install a new thermostat, your unit should be just fine.