6 Important Tips About Your Propane Regulator

Educate children about propane safety
Old Propane Regulator

If there’s one mechanism of the propane system you want to be familiar with, it’s the regulator. According to Propane 101 , a regulator’s primary function is to control the flow of gas from the tank to the connecting appliance, providing a low-pressure buffer in between.

Choosing the right regulator, installing it safely and knowing when one needs to replaced is a meticulous process that, if not done correctly, can result in wasted money and time. How knowledgeable are you when it comes to handling a regulator? We’ve compiled a list of 6 important tips to help you out.

  1. If you believe that one regulator will fit all of your appliances, think again. Different appliances call for a specific type of regulator for each. Some of these include: high pressure regulators, first stage regulators, second stage regulators, integral two-stage regulators, adjustable high pressure regulators and automatic changeover regulators. Confirm regulator requirements for an appliance before making a purchase.
  2. Be careful about where you purchase your regulator from. Remember, not all regulators are created equal, so buying from a friend or from an online ad can potentially do more harm than good. If the wrong type of regulator is installed or it ends up being faulty, the installation is considered illegal and will be difficult to get serviced.
  3. It is always mandatory to do a leak check once a new regulator has been installed. Call Griffis Gas and we’ll send a professional to install the regulator and do a thorough leak inspection before turning the gas back on.
  4. Always protect your regulator from the elements or insects by keeping it well covered. If it’s not covered, cut an empty milk jug and fit it over the exposed vent for temporary protection.
  5. Keep an eye on the lifespan of your regulator, as it will need to be replaced accordingly. On average, a regulator lasts anywhere  from 15 to 25 years. The best bet is to get a professional opinion.
  6. A regulator that has been underwater must be replaced right away.

Everyone likes to relax and let loose by firing up the ol’ propane barbecue grill, but always warn children to stay at a safe distance as a precaution.

Got questions about regulators? Griffis Gas can help! Safety is our No. 1 priority and we can assess and install any regulator to make sure your propane gas system is running smoothly. Give us a call today!

Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2016
By: Hank Griffis

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Safety Tips

Tip 5: Don't run out of gas!

Serious safety hazards, such as fire or explosion can result. If your storage tank gets empty or depleted, air and moisture can enter. This can cause a build-up of rust inside the tank. Rust can decrease the concentration of the odor of propane, making it harder to smell. If your propane tank runs out of gas, any pilot lights on your appliances will go out. This can be extremely dangerous if not handled properly.