Hands-free sensor faucets improve hygiene and save water and energy. These modern faucets are gaining wide traction in foodservice, healthcare, hospitality and other industries, but they're most effective and longest-lasting when they’re set up correctly at installation.
Here are 8 tips from the experts at T&S Brass to ensure you're getting the most out of your sensor faucets:
- Plan ahead for the selected power source — battery, AC power or hydrogenerator, if available — and have the appropriate connections prepared if using AC power.
- Flush water lines prior to installation to prevent the build up of debris.
- Take care while mounting to avoid damaging the sensor cable that connects to the control box.
- Sensor faucets have a control module to house electronic components, battery and other elements. Be sure to choose an accessible location for mounting in order to make future adjustments or battery changes easier.
- The temperature control mixing valves will usually need to be adjusted at installation to establish a comfortable water temperature.
- Faucets arrive programmed with a standard sensing distance. Adjust it to best fit the specific application, taking into account the surroundings. Shiny sinks, for example, may reflect infrared light back into the sensor.
- T&S sensor faucets offer adjustable run time and time-out features. Setting these to align with expected use will improve efficiency and performance.
- Sensor faucets use a light to alert users to a low battery. Establish a preventive maintenance schedule for battery changes to prevent loss of use. Batteries commonly last 1 to 2 years, depending on the application and frequency of use.