I have had a junior steam cleaner for a number of years. I like it
very much but the replacement parts are expensive. I am now on my
fourth solenoid value. The first one that came on the machine
lasted 15 years, the second one lasted one and one half years, and
the third one lasted two years. The solenoids are now costing me
$211.65. My question is this: what is the life expectancy of a
solenoid? Is two years going to be about it? The jewelry equipment
business where I purchased my steamer did not seem to know.
The junior model you have is probably an older Reimers built machine
(also sold under the Vigor and Gesswein names). The JR model was the
model designed for the jewelry business. According to the
manufacturer, The JR designation stands for jewelry, not junior.
Most steam solenoid valves on these steam cleaners fail due to rust
and other dirt which becomes more of a problem in older units. There
is a small filter device attached to the inlet side of the steam
solenoid valve which should be cleaned out when replacing the valve.
The "blow down" process and regular cleaning out the tank will help
the valve last longer.
You have a good machine. With good service and maintenance, it can
last many more years.
The Jewelry Equipment Dr.