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Old 01-29-2004, 11:11 AM
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propane regulator making noise?!?!

today I turned on my propane and it was making almost a buzzing noise....I realized I hadnt closed my valve on my torch the previous night and when I closed it the noise stopped but started again when I turned it on!! Is this noise normal...maybe I dont normally hear it because I have my ventilation system and my music on!! Any advice before I blow up my basement? -mike
it is a brbecue size tank!!
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Old 01-29-2004, 11:29 AM
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Re: propane regulator making noise?!?!

What you are hearing is the diaphragm vibrating.

It's an indication that there may be a leak or other problem with the regulator. I'd take it to your local welding shop and have it looked at.

Regulators are supposed to be quiet, although you may hear a slight whisper sound from the oxygen regulator at higher pressures. Never a buzzing sound.
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Old 01-29-2004, 12:08 PM
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Re: propane regulator making noise?!?!

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Old 01-29-2004, 01:45 PM
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Re: propane regulator making noise?!?!

Aren't the regulators suppose to be checked once a year? Just wondering.

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Old 01-29-2004, 01:50 PM
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Re: propane regulator making noise?!?!

Not that I'm aware of...maybe our resident "expert" Dale knows about this.

It may be a "requirement" if the regulator is used in an industrial environment, but I don't think "our" use qualifies...that said, I'd have them checked only if you are experiencing problems or if the regulator in question is older than 5 years or so - at that point the diaphragm can start to crack and seals start to age. It's usually less expensive to buy a new one than it is to have them rebuilt.
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Old 01-29-2004, 02:06 PM
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Re: propane regulator making noise?!?!

I knew that on our for the City I had to have them checked yearly---at least I think that was them.

If you can have it checked, it probably isn't a bad idea unless it's gonna cost be $$$ every year. Another thing to add to my safety list. I know my regulator is old, but I got it free and it works.

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Old 01-30-2004, 09:24 PM
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Re: propane regulator making noise?!?!

I can only speak for Victor regulators, which can go under a few different names and be the same exact torch except that it is in a different box. Those that we sell come with a 2 year guarentee. If you purchased your regulator new and have had it for under 2 years, call up the company that you purchased it and explain what is happening and you might get a new one in exchange. If there is no refund or exchange available, it would probably be best to purchase a new one rather than fixing the bad one, the only exception I would see is if you had a 2 stage regulator. Since this style is more expensive, it might be worth fixing.

TRUE STORY: This is not an urban myth, this really happend to me.

Regulators do fail right out of the box, others can fail a few days or weeks later, and many will fail if you do not operate them properly. We had sent a new regulator to a customer, who attached it to his/her tank and it was not holding pressure, it was fluctuating and this customer called Frantz Art Glass and told us what was going on. We told this customer to pack it up in a box and we would call tag the regulator back. So this customer packs it up and sets it down on a ledge, but it accidently fell from the second floor. When the regulator was retrieved, it was a total loss. I told our customer to send it back and I would see what I could do, in the meantime we shipped them a new regulator. When I called manufacturer, explained what had happened and the only question I was asked was "was the regulator not working properly before it was dropped?" I told the service rep that the regulator was faulty and that it was accidently dropped and the rep said "no problem". This is what I call great customer service!

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