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Water Bath Maintenance and Care

The Whip Mix Water Bath, be it the older analog or digital version, will require routine preventative maintenance from time to time. One of the things to always consider is filling the pan must always be done using water only. Distilled or deionized water will work best, as tap water often has minerals that can build up over time and make cleaning more difficult.

It’s important to never use anything but water in the pan, as other materials when heated can create hazardous fumes and/or cause a fire danger when heated. When the pan is removed for cleaning, ensure the unit is unplugged. Wipe any debris off of the seal, and avoid spilling water into the unit to avoid damage to electrical components. Use only a damp cloth with mild detergents, avoiding any corrosive cleaning agents.

Always remember:

  • Unit must be turned off each day to avoid water evaporation and overheating of unit. Discard any old water in the pan.
  • When cleaning the unit with pan removed, care must be taken not to damage the thermostat. Damage could cause the unit to overheat.
  • To prevent electrical shock DO NOT REMOVE ground prong. Use only in properly grounded outlet.
  • Do not immerse unit in water. Unplug the unit before any maintenance or repair.

The removable stainless steel pan and lift tray can be autoclaved with other instruments as needed. Do not exceed 375F or 30 minutes. For sterilization guidelines follow local, state and national directives particular to your facility. Following these simple Water Bath maintenance and care tips can help ensure the longevity of your unit.

Will Devine, CDT, TE

Will Devine, CDT, TE is retired from the United States Air Force and has over 28 years of dental laboratory experience. As a Technical Support Representative at Whip Mix, Will’s primary focus is assisting customers with questions regarding our consumable products and equipment.