Why does the APA6000 Low Range Hardness analyzer keep showing "Standard X Fail Accuracy"?
"Standard X Fail Accuracy" on APA6000 Low Range Hardness analyzer.
With "Standard X Fail Accuracy", try replacing the standard to see if it helps. If it doesn't, feed the standard into the analyzer in place of the sample to see if it can read the standard as it should. If it does not, the steps below should be performed before considering any kind of service:
- Perform the maintenance on the analyzer. Change the rotor and replace the seals before you go further with anything else. Do this even if it has not been a full three months.
- Check the mixer. Is it filling up with blue liquid? If it's low range, it will be a deep blue color. If it's harder, it will be purplish progressing to red as the sample concentration goes higher. It should be obvious.
- If not, check the indicator reagent, which is the dark red solution. Sometimes it can settle at the bottom and can get bacterial growth in it. This can create a gooey material that can get pulled into the bottom of the feed straw. If the tube is pulled out, it will be a blob of red 'jelly'. If this happens, replace the indicator reagent with a fresh one and cut off the bottom half inch of the tube.
- If sample is coming from a softener effluent that is regenerated with brine, it is a good idea to run an entire bottle of the cleaning solution (this can take 12-16 hours) in place of the sample. If brine gets into the analyzer, it can contaminate the inside of the analyzer and cleaning can help with that.