In this article we learn why it is important to periodicly update your bed bug equipment.
Have you ever been to a point in your life when you know your cell phone is getting old but you just don’t want to replace it? It has been such a reliable and dependable asset. That old cell phone has been with you through thick-and-thin, and you would feel just absolutely lost without it.
The screen is cracked almost beyond the point of seeing the icons; the speaker crackles; people on the other end of a phone conversation repeatedly tell you that they cannot hear or understand you; your device memory is filled to capacity, and your apps can’t be updated because your phone’s operating system is no longer compatible with the software. Does this sound familiar?
Do you know someone like this?
This same thing happens with bed bug equipment. Sometimes old bed bug heaters and equipment are difficult to part with after several years of good service. However, there comes a point at which old equipment can become a liability rather than an asset. Updating your bed bug heater can improve its efficiency and effectiveness in eliminating bed bugs.
Newer models often have updated features such as better temperature control, larger coverage area, and improved safety features. Updating your bed bug heater can also ensure that you are using the most current technology for bed bug elimination, which can lead to a faster and more successful treatment.
Why it is important to keep your bed bug equipment updated and replaced when necessary?
- Increased efficiency. The older model bed bug heaters made in China were designed with a coil. The updated Bed Bug Heat Doctor models are designed with resistors. This updated technology allows the air to pass over an element with 12 heating wires instead of a single wire, increasing efficiency immensely.
- Safety concerns. If your bed bug heater is damaged, has frayed cords, or is not functioning properly, it can pose a fire hazard.
- Energy efficiency. Newer technology is often more environmentally friendly and energy efficient.
- Lighter weight. Upgraded features and newer technology provide greater ease of use with regards to weight and handling.
- Compatibility. A new device will keep up better with the latest technologies. For example, the new BK10-480B has been specifically designed to operate in conjunction with TempAir 480-volt generator and cabling systems as a replacement to the much larger and heavier Thermal Remediation EBB-460V.
- Reduction in costs while increasing the value of the asset.
- Repair and parts availability. Manufacturer policies often discontinue support after production is stopped. Sometimes, parts are discontinued post-production.
- Non-compliance with regulations. Some bed bug heaters may not meet current safety standards and regulations.
- Reliability. When it is reported that a room has bed bugs, there is a special kind of security in knowing that your bed bug heater will turn on, get to the correct temperature, and eliminate the problem without any worries of malfunction.
So, how do I know when to replace or upgrade my bed bug equipment? What are the early signs that it may be time to replace or upgrade my bed bug heat equipment?
It is important to identify failing bed bug equipment before it becomes unusable and unreliable. The following are good indicators that may help signal that it is time for bed bug equipment to be replaced or upgraded.
- Frayed, melted, or burned power cords. This is a very dangerous hazard.
- Cracked or kinked gas lines and hoses. (Propane units)
- Rusted components. If bed bug equipment has been stored in a damp or moisture prone area, rust can damage the inner workings of the bed bug heater. Also, bed bug equipment may be damaged when water gets splashed into or onto bed bug heater, fan, and cables.
- Crushed or broken outer shell. In the course of heavy use or misuse, the housing of a bed bug heater can become dented, bent, or broken subjecting the unit to failure and potentially dangerous hazards.
- Smoke coming from any area of the machine is a warning that something is overheating.
- Switches become inoperable or difficult to turn on or off. Using improvised wiring to bypass or hard wire a switch is dangerous and should not be done.
- Evidence of obvious wear and tear.
- Broken pull handles or wheels.
- Any signs of burned outlets or plugs.
- Unusual buzzing or humming noises when the machine is first turned on or upon prolonged use.
- Smell of smoke or a burning. An electrical short initially has a fairly acrid smell of plastic burning.
- Smell of propane gas. Propane gas technically has no odor. However, propane companies add harmless chemicals that give the propane its distinctive “rotten egg” smell.
- Rooms or areas are not getting up to temperature or are taking too long to get up to temp.
Parts Availability and Service Options
- Repair costs are going to be more than the machine is worth or more than the cost of a replacement machine.
- Parts become obsolete or are no longer available.
- Bed bug heaters made in China sometimes have proprietary components with no replacement options.
- The equipment stops being reliable.
- The equipment does not turn on without jiggling a cord, tapping on the outside shell, or manually turning a fan, or the heater does not shut off correctly.
We encourage you to inspect and clean your equipment regularly and store it properly for a prolonged life. Have a designated storage area for your bed bug heater. Storage and protection of your heater is very important to maintaining the life and efficiency of your heater. A preferred area would be a lockable, temperature-controlled room that is dry and free of potential moisture.
Be cognizant of what is being stored directly above the bed bug heater. Items such as wet mops and towels may drip water onto the bed bug heater causing damage. Caution should be used if ever deciding to store the bed bug heater on an elevated shelf. All shelving should be firmly secured. OSHA standards should be followed for securing industrial storage shelves. However, even with proper care, eventually with the passing of time, equipment will break down and need to be upgraded or replaced.
It should be noted that an inspection of all different types of bed bug eradication equipment is recommended periodically. Normally, we think of the bed bug heater itself when thinking about inspecting equipment. However, bed bug proof mattress encasements should also be routinely checked for tears, holes, and broken zippers.
Like a trusty old cell phone, if any of your bed bug eradication equipment is beginning to show some age or is not functioning correctly, contact us at 844-364-3281. We have technicians available to help you determine if you need to upgrade or replace equipment.