Instrument noise, particularly from cooling devices, can take its toll on laboratory workers. Noise interferes with conversations but can also induce stress, leading to irritability, anxiety, and poor performance. Lab workers are particularly susceptible, as decibels in busy labs can add up quickly from refrigerators, freezers, aspirators, fume hoods, and chillers. Noise is therefore an important factor when choosing a chiller.
Top 3 Signs That You Should Service or Replace Your Chiller or Bath
- Product is no longer cooling or pumping.
- Troubleshooting has not resolved the problem.
- Irresolvable error messages on the display.
Top 7 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Chiller or Bath
- Does the product have any exclusive features? What sets it apart from other vendor’s chillers or baths?
- Is the vendor ISO 9001 certified?
- What refrigerants are used in the product? (this is applicable to chillers and refrigerated baths/circulators)
- Are the products energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and in compliance with RoHS guidelines? (no heavy metals used in printed circuit boards, etc.)
- Can old/broken units be returned for disposal in an environmentally friendly manner? (refrigerants reclaimed, metals and other materials recycled, etc.)
- Does the company accept trade-ins and if so, what happens to the old unit? (should be disposed of properly)
- What warranties and application and tech support do the company offer?
Article courtesy of Lab Manager Magazine
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