Cleanroom equipment is expensive, but that’s because it’s high functioning, specialized equipment for an extremely important and sensitive job: maintaining your cleanroom’s integrity and required classification standards. But like all equipment, it breaks down, wears out, and slows down with time. So how do you know when to replace it?

Like your household appliances, your cleanroom equipment will have a general lifespan, after which you should replace it. Here are some general lifespan guidelines for common cleanroom equipment:

EquipmentExpected Lifespan
Prefilters2 months
HEPA filters7 years
ULPA filters7 years
HVAC system10-12 years
Major analyzers/ automated equipment7-10 years
Fridges/Freezers5 – 12 years
Fumehoods20 years
Autoclave20 years
Centrifuges7 -10 years
Microscopes20 years
Microtomes20 years
Waterbaths7-10 years
Incubators7-10 years
Balances20 years
Warming Plates10 years

 

You should always replace equipment as soon as something goes wrong with it that’s not repairable or when it becomes inefficient. If you have a piece of equipment that still technically “works” but isn’t performing at top efficiency, the money you think you’re saving by waiting to replace it is just going to be eaten up in energy costs.

No matter your cleanroom needs, Angstrom Technology can meet them with a modular cleanroom.