If you don’t decide to rent your gas detectors, chances are that in between jobs you will need to store your gas monitors. You may need to store them for a couple of days or a couple of weeks; no matter the duration you will want to follow some basic tips for storing your devices. The environment that gas monitors are stored in can have a real impact on the performance of your monitor.
The biggest issue with storing gas monitors is the battery that is built into them. Almost all gas monitors will have a battery in them. An important thing to remember is that the battery is running on your monitor even if your monitor is turned off. The battery is running to keep the internal date and time current, as well as other background activities that may be going on in your monitor. If the battery goes completely dead when in storage, it is going to have to have the date and time reset. On some monitors this is simple and a tech can handle it within a few minutes. On the other hand, some monitors have to be sent in to our service center for this to be updated.
If you are storing a larger gas monitor, these usually contain lead-acid batteries. These lead-acid batteries are the same batteries that are used in cars today. Just like the battery in your car, these batteries can also get completely zapped of their power if they are left in storage too long. Any time you are storing gas monitors it is always a good idea to give the unit a full charge before setting it away in storage. Also, a great precaution is to schedule a periodic visit to the storage center and top off the monitors to ensure that the battery does not go completely dead.
Gas monitors are sensitive to different environments in the field and it is not different when setting away the monitors for storage. Gas monitors should be kept in a climate-controlled environment. Anything like excessive temperatures, humidity, etc. will quickly damage your sensors inside the unit and greatly shorten their life span. You should also be aware of excessive solvents or dangerous compounds that can cause damage to the sensors as well. These catalysts for sensor damage will need to be moved to a separate storage facility.
Once it is time to put those gas monitors back to use, it is a good idea to do this list in reverse. The first thing to be done is to put your monitor on the charger and get a full charge on the battery since it is more than likely at depletion. Once your unit is charged up and turned on, this is a good moment to check to make sure your date and time are correct. The sensors should also be checked and made sure that they are not expired and still function as they should. The last step will be to perform a bump test check and lastly to check to make sure the device is still within its calibration date.
If you would like to alleviate any of these issues, renting your gas monitors from JM Test Systems is a great way to reduce downtime, maintenance and spending of capital! If you are choosing to store your monitors and need them serviced or calibrated you can also send them to JM Test Systems for any service that your monitors need to get them back up and running! JM Test Systems is an authorized distributor of RKI Gas and Honeywell Gas products and we can service any make or model you may have needing attention.