Since it is your lifeline underwater, regular scuba regulator maintenance is something you will want to practice.
Luckily, it is pretty straightforward and easy.
Caring for, cleaning and storing your scuba regulator is not rocket science.
It is actually pretty quick and easy to do so there aren't many excuses for not getting it done. Sorry!
If you want to take care of only one piece of your dive equipment, let it be your regulator.
(For more information on regulators, you may find our free guide to scuba regs helpful. You will also see our picks for best diving regulators at different price points.)
If you are cleaning your regulator while it's off the tank, make sure the dust cap is dry.
One way to do this is to blow the water off with air from the tank.
Alternatively, towel dry the surface of the dustcap. Then securely fasten the dustcap on the opening. You do not want any water to get in the first stage of the regulator.
This is an important step in scuba regulator maintenance and will get rid of any deposits that may be on your regulator. If you only do one thing in your diving regulator maintenance routine, make it be this step.
Dive shops usually have a rinse tank that you can use after a dive to rinse your gear. If you are not at a shop, rinse your regulator as soon as you get a chance.
While your reg is soaking, work any levers/buttons back and forth to loosen anything that may have attached to your equipment.
However, make sure you do not push the purge button. This will let water into the second stage which could travel up to the first stage. Something you do not want to happen.
If you get a chance, run a stream of water through the first and second stages (again, with the dust cap securely in place and without pushing the purge button). This should get rid of any remaining particles in the chambers and other openings.
Let the regulator dry throughly before you store it. Do not dry in the direct sunlight as it can affect any rubber parts.
Store the regulator in a cool, dry spot. Store away from sunlight and fumes.
Position the regulator in such a way that the hoses are not kinked.
Most scuba regulator manufacturers require the regulator to be serviced annually in order to remain under warranty. Check the terms on your regulator.
Whether an annual service is really necessary has been the subject of much debate. One thing is sure, it adds to the bottom line of the manufacturers. Whether you bring it in for annual service is something you will have to decide for yourself.
So there you have it, easy and straightforward scuba regulator maintenance. Follow these steps and your diving regulator should give you many years of great diving.
You many find our guide to dive regulators helpful if you need more information.
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