Common Maintenance Issues & Tips - Top 10 Tips for Optimal Use
Cryotherapy is a relatively new practice in the United States, and with it comes a need for maintenance. If you are looking to keep your cryotherapy equipment in tip-top shape, then this blog post will help! We have compiled our top 10 tips that will make sure your machine continues to work efficiently and produce good results.
Tip #1: Invest in a Dehumidifier - You may think that humidity is not a problem, but if you want to keep your cryotherapy machine in good condition then a dehumidifier should be put in the room.
Tip #2: Control the Room Temperature - If you are planning to control the air conditioning or heat, make sure that the temperature is not set too low or high. If it is too low, your machine may experience cracks or breaks in the components and if it's too high you will experience problems correlated with condensation.
Tip #3: Clean your Machine - Keeping your machine clean is important, both for aesthetics and performance. You don't want to let dirt or mold build up on the machine or its component parts. You can use a damp cloth to clean your machine of any dust or debris and a dry cloth for removing any excess moisture or condensation.
Tip #4: Keep Mold at Bay - Mold can be a big problem, and it is something that you need to make sure doesn't grow on or inside your cryotherapy chamber. If mold does grow then we suggest cleaning the machine thoroughly with soap and hot water and ensuring you don’t have a humidity problem.
Tip #5: Prepare for Valve Leaks - Cryogenic valves leak and need to be taken care of quickly when this happens. Oftentimes you can just replace the o-ring on the valve. But depending on what type of machine you have you also need to replace the valves themselves every 1-2 years in order for the machine to work properly and efficiently. Each chamber is different so we recommend talking to your technician about what kind of valves you need.
Tip #6: Transport with Care - If the cryo chamber is not properly protected and tied down during shipment there are a few structural things that can happen. From cosmetic to electrical to mechanical, there is potential for damage if not transported properly. Make sure a reputable, trusted company is taking care of the shipment logistics and installation.
Tip #7: Pay Attention to Rust - With cryogenic materials be aware of corrosion of the metal components. These will cause rusting to form on surfaces inside your machine or parts outside. If this happens, you should have someone come in immediately for service, as it will not be long before you will have to replace these parts.
Tip #8: Keep Common Parts On-Hand - With cryotherapy machines, there are common parts that need to be replaced (temperature sensors, o-rings, etc.). It is best to have these parts available as soon as you need them. Otherwise you spend unnecessary days with your cryo machine down while you order and wait for shipping.
Tip #9: Understand Software Updates - Each manufacturer has proprietary software on your machine that requires 1-2x per year updates. While Rutherford & Titan cannot do these updates ourselves, we can connect you with the manufacturer quickly so you can get your update taken care of as soon as possible.
Tip #10: Plan for Service & Maintenance - It is important to plan ahead with servicing your cryotherapy machine. You can either be proactive or reactive with this, when you choose the latter it can be costly and/or time consuming. You should plan for maintenance at least once every six months. It is a good idea to invest in a service contract for your cryotherapy machines as this is like an insurance plan for repairs maintenance.