If the response time and/or quality of data collected by a WQSensor decrease, try cleaning and reconditioning the probe. If these steps do not resolve the problem, consider replacing the sensing module to boost performance.
The sensor can be cleaned using distilled or deionized water. Rinse thoroughly as necessary but avoid using any detergent or other cleaning products.
A good working ISE response stabilizes within one or two minutes. However the ISE can become sluggish if the membrane becomes dirty from grease or particles in the sample. Polishing strips with very fine particles (e.g. 3 micron aluminum oxide) can be used to restore the surface of solid state ion selective electrodes.
Follow the procedure below to recondition the WQ-CL:
- Hold the electrode with the sensing element facing upwards.
- Place a few drops of distilled or deionized water on the sensing element surface.
- Place the rough side of the polishing strip on the sensing element. Rotate the electrode for about 30 seconds using light finger pressure
- Thoroughly rinse with distilled or deionized water.
- Soak the sensor in the lowest standard used for calibration for five minutes.
If the mV/decade slope or the response time of the electrode still is out of specification, longer soaking times (e.g. overnight) may be required.
Replacing the Sensing Module
NexSens recommends replacing the sensing module every six months for all ISE WQSensors to maximize measurement accuracy and sensor performance.
The sensing modules are user replaceable. Removal and installation is quick and easy and can be done in just a few minutes with no tools.
Follow the procedure outlined below to replace the sensing module:
- Remove the existing sensor module by unthreading the connection between the module and the probe body. This can be done by hand, although a 7/16” wrench can be used to get started if necessary.
- Screw the new module onto the probe body until it is hand tight. Do not over tighten the connection.
For short term storage (1-3 days), rinse the electrode thoroughly with distilled or deionized water and then place the sensor tip in a solution of ISA and distilled or deionized water. ISA should be added to the water in a 1:50 ratio. For example, add 2 mL of ISA for each 100 mL of water.
The sensor electrode should be stored completely dry for any amount of time longer than three days. Rinse the tip thoroughly with distilled or deionized water, blot dry, and allow to completely dry out. Then place the ISE sensor storage cap over the end of the probe.
During long term storage, make sure that the reference junction is not allowed to dry out. There must be adequate reference filling solution inside the probe at all times.
Salt deposits may form on the reference chamber during long term storage. These can be wiped dry or cleaned off with warm water.