Common Maintenance Issues & Tips - Humidity
Humidity is the silent killer of any cryotherapy machine. If humidity levels get too high, there will be increased risk for condensation buildup on the inside of your machine and can lead to a number of issues including poor performance and corrosion. That's why it is important to keep humidity levels as low as possible when operating your cryotherapy machine.
While humidity in the air can cause some issues with running a cryo-machine, humidity from other sources is even more likely to have an impact on how well your equipment operates. For example, if you live in a humid climate such as Florida or Louisiana then humidity might affect the operation of your cryo-machine.
A humidity reading of 40% or less is the optimum level for your machine to operate, so keep humidity levels as low as possible during operation. If you are planning to run a cryotherapy facility in a location somewhere where humidity will be higher than 40% you need to be prepared with either a reliable dehumidifier, and even still, you might experience an increase in service and maintenance issues.
The most common type of problems we have seen are as follows:
- Electrical Issues
- Premature Machine Erosion
- Advanced Wear and Tear on the machine
- Collection of Dirt and Mold
- Valve Inconsistencies (either shut down or stuck open)
So, if you are in a humid environment and your cryotherapy machine isn't working the way it should be, then humidity might be the root cause of some of these issues.
The valves on your cryotherapy machine do not perform well with moisture present, especially since they have electrical components around them. Humidity levels over 50% can cause corrosion to metal components and surfaces in your cryotherapy machine – so there are some steps you need to take to make sure you help prevent humidity from entering your machine.
To know you have humidity issues with your valves visually inspect them and check the following:
- Do water droplets form on or around valves and switches when you open them to access power sources?
- Is the valve a giant ice ball?
- Do you find that the valve is stuck in the open position? Letting nitrogen flow freely.
- Do you frequently have condensation on the inside or outside of your cryotherapy unit?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, it's time for a dehumidifier!
We suggest the following equipment for ensuring that your humidity levels are contained:
Humidity Sensor - This is an easy tool for letting you know what the humidity levels are in your cryotherapy treatment room at all times. You can get these easily online, with some as little as even $10, and others that you can monitor from your smartphone.
Dehumidifier - These will typically run between $150-350 depending on size and capacity. Some require you to empty the water manually a few times per day. Others have a drainage hose that releases the excess water into a sink.
We hope this helps with keeping your humidity under control, which hopefully prevents any further maintenance issues from arising. If you are noticing problems with your machine as a result of humidity, schedule one of our cryogenic specialists to come out and get your machine back up and running.