OEM Part #CB842010
AIR JET VALVE (RED TOP)
Fits: Safety Valve Holder
Model This Part Fits: Tuttnauer 1730EK
What does The Air Jet Valve Do?
The importance of a clean working Air Jet can not be understated. The Air Jet has two very important functions:
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- Remove the air from in side the Chamber while the unit is heating up. If air were allowed to remain in the Chamber its presence would produce pockets of low and high temperature.
These uneven temperatures within the Chamber would result in areas of no sterilization. Only by removing the air can more uniform temperatures be attained and as a result even and complete sterilization.
- The Air Jet has a second function, that is to maintain circulation within the Chamber. It does this by remaining open after all the air has been bled off and continuing to purge the steam. This constant purging of steam causes motion within the Chamber.
This constantly moving, constantly circulating steam is important in maintaining uniform temperature Uneven steam temperatures can be the result of the heating elements turning on and off during the sterile cycle.
This can cause hot and cold pockets of steam within the Chamber. If an instrument is in one of these cold pockets it will not be sterilized even though the rest of the load was and the spore test confirmed a sterile load.
The end result of keeping the steam in motion, because of the Air Jet, is that no pockets of uneven temperature will form and the load will be completely sterilized.