Basic Problem Solving

General Strategy for GC Problems

  • It is much easier and cheaper to prevent problems than to fix them.
  • Consider the instrument as three units (see diagram at right)
  • Attempt to isolate the problem unit
  • Adopt a logical approach
  • Write everything down

If you have persistent problems

  • Get a second opinion
  • Seek advice
  • Recheck everything
  • Remember the simple and obvious