5 Things SCUBA Tech's Want You to Know About Your Regulator
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5 Things SCUBA Tech's Want You to Know About Your Regulator

Repair TechMost manufactures recommend having your regulator inspected every year and serviced every other year. Our service department has worked on thousands of regulators, and have experienced their share of the good, the bad, and the downright ugly!

  1. Your Air Gets Dirty
    You don’t know if your air is dirty unless you have the filter inspected and changed. Without changing the filter, one bad fill in the islands and you could breathe the same dirty air for years.

  2. You Have a Dirty Mouth
    Dirt doesn’t just come from a bad fill; we exhale bacteria with every breath. All of those germs get caught in the regulator’s filter and can be re-inhaled the next time you go diving.

  3. New O-rings and Seats Really Are Essential
    When a regulator is serviced, the term “parts” is used to refer to the O-rings, seats and filter that get replaced. If you get your regulator serviced, but don’t change the parts, it’s the same as taking your car in for an oil change to have the dirty oil taken out and just put back in.
    Dirty Reg
  4. Manufactures Hold Service Techs to High Standards
    To service regulators, technicians are trained and certified directly by many manufacturers. To keep divers safe, if a technician opens a regulator and finds a problem with it, they are required to fix the problem before returning the regulator to the diver. Recurrent technician training is required my many manufacturers, and Technical Bulletins are continually released to update techs on the latest improvements and recommendations. This keeps techs alert and divers safe.

  5. Not All Regulators are Created Equally
    Some brands are built to last while others are built to sell at a lower price point. Certain features—such as automatic closure devices and environmental sealing—are great to look for when buying a new regulator as added protection when traveling with your equipment. Our techs also recommend looking into the “serviceability” of your regulator; do parts become obsolete quickly or does the manufacturer continue to provide parts for years beyond the end manufacturer date, how often do parts fail for a particular brand, and how easy is it to find service and parts for certain manufacturers.

Our service techs keep detailed records on all regulators serviced. If you aren’t sure when your regulator was last serviced, bring it by and we can make sure it is up to date with whatever inspections or service is required. And if you are considering purchasing a regulator, stop in and chat with our service technicians to learn from the pros about what they have seen cross their repair desk. Don't leave your life support equipment to chance!