Through years of research & practice, the propane industry has identified three things that are critical to keeping you safe:
- Don’t let a tank run out of propane. If the tank does run out, it is imperative to perform a leak check before returning the tank to service.
- Replace all regulators when they reach the manufacturers’ recommended replacement age. Usually the limit is 15 years old. Even if they are working now, it is too risky to keep them in service.
- Perform a leak test on the propane system once every 5 years even if there are no indications of a problem or leak.
Your well-being is very important to CPI. If your propane regulators are out of date they must be replaced if we are to keep servicing your home. Thank you for your business and we look forward to many more years servicing your account.
People don't realize that buying an LP Gas regulator from a friend or an internet site will more than likely result in wasted money. Regulators aren't all the same regardless of what one may think and an improper regulator or faulty LP Gas regulator installation means the entire installation is illegal and unable to be serviced until fixed. Keep in mind that replacing the regulator means interrupting the flow of gas and a leak check is required before the gas can be turned back on. Don't put yourself in danger by attempting to buy and install your own regulator. Call your propane company or a licensed LP Gas plumber. It will be safer and cheaper in the long run.
Regulator Protection and Replacement
Like any part of a propane system, the regulator needs to be protected. Protecting a regulator, for the most part means keeping it covered. Regulators are generally found under the tank dome or if installed outside the dome, they will have the vent pointed down. The vent is pointed down to prevent rain, ice and debris from entering the regulator. The vent should have a screen that keeps insects out of the regulator as some insects, such as the Mud Dauber (a.k.a. Dirt Dauber) will make a nest in a regulator that's missing its protective vent screen. Unprotected regulators that are exposed or not pointed with the vent facing down can easily be protected by cutting an empty plastic milk bottle to fit over the regulator until its placement and position can be corrected.
Regulators have internal moving parts that are subject to wear and tear and after some time, the regulator needs to be replaced. Propane companies can tell consumers when the regulator needs to be replaced due to age or malfunction and the consumer needs to take this advice seriously. The industry norm is 15 years before a regulator needs replacement while some regulator manufacturers recommend replacement every 25 years. If any regulator has ever been under water, such as on an underground propane tank, it needs to be replaced immediately. One very important fact to point out is that although propane regulators may be adjusted by licensed propane professionals, they are not repaired or subject to repair. They are replaced.