After a long, hot summer, after lengthy conversion work in the house or after buying a home, many sauna owners are faced with the fact that they want to put an existing sauna back into operation. As a rule, there should be hardly any problems, but the following basic rule applies: The longer a sauna has been out of operation, the more cautious you should be when restarting it. This is especially true for sauna systems that are a little out of date or have not been used for more than a year. In such cases, special care is required to prevent any damage to the sauna itself, your health or the building as much as possible.
The simple variant, if the sauna was out of order for a short time
If a sauna has not been in operation for only a few months, restarting it should not cause any major problems. We recommend that the entire premises, including the sweat room itself, should first be thoroughly cleaned. Special attention should also be paid to the electric sauna oven. This should be thoroughly cleaned when switched off. This also includes thoroughly dedusting the area under the sauna oven and, ideally, also wet cleaning. It is also advisable to replace the sauna stones completely and to clean the sauna stone container thoroughly at the same time.
After this certainly time-consuming but worthwhile action, the sauna should first be heated without being used. In doing so, you observe the behaviour of the sauna heater itself, but also whether the control and monitoring elements are working properly.
If the furnace was off for a longer period
If a sauna has possibly not been operated for years, serious damage may have occurred to the power supply, the sauna heating rod as well as to the control and regulating and monitoring equipment. For such systems, it is recommended that they first undergo a thorough cleaning and then an electrician should be called in to inspect the entire system.
They will check all electrical wiring that functionality of the sauna heater itself, the safety devices and the Control engineering. If damage is detected, it must be considered whether a repair is worthwhile or perhaps a new sauna heater or new switching and control technology should be installed.
If the technical equipment is in order, the sauna rooms can cleaned thoroughly and then returned to function.
Pay attention to the finer points
Although the greatest attention is certainly paid to the technology in the sauna, especially after a long period of standstill, other built-in components in the sauna should not be ignored. Check whether any woods have warped, whether any screws are sticking out due to the natural shrinkage of the wood, or whether there are even splinters on the wooden components. In many cases, it is worthwhile to completely clean and disinfect the wooden components of the sauna after a long period of inactivity.
Do not forget to adjust the ventilation of the sauna to check. Do the fans still work? Are the appropriate exhaust fans... and supply air pipes clean and free of possible blockages? Can you find If no damage is found, there is nothing to prevent the sauna from being used again ways.
During the first sauna sessions after restarting carefully observe all changes that could lead to possible damage or loss of malfunctions and have them remedied as quickly as possible.
So you will have a lot of fun with healthy saunas in the future too and not take unnecessary risks.