Why should I service my equipment?

REGULATORS

Your regulator is NOT sports equipment. It is LIFE SUPPORT. Your life support needs to be checked and serviced to maintain correct function

 

  • ANNUAL: regulator is checked for proper breath-ability and correct holding pressure (manufacturer specifications). If incorrect holding pressure is found, a full overhaul is HIGHLY SUGGESTED.

  • BI-ANNUAL: Regulator overhaul is performed regardless of use prior to last overhaul. Regulator is completely disassembled, cleaned, inspected, all internals replaced with new manufacturer parts, and reassembled according to specifications.

  • ANNUAL AND BI-ANNUAL: Leak tests performed to check integrity of hoses. All hoses displaying signs of excessive wear or leaks need to be changed.

 

Performing all of these steps as suggested will ensure proper working order for your regulators. These checks and services will also prolong the lifespan of the regulator, much like an oil change on your car.

 

Our team of professionals will happily assemble and test equipment purchased elsewhere for $50. Due to safety concerns and regulations, customers are not authorized to use The Dive Shop resources to personally test their own equipment. The Dive Shop stands behind and services every brand we carry.

BCDs

What many divers don’t know is that their BCDs require the same amount of care and service as their regulators do to function and look their best. So what does a BCD service consist of? In short, the technician will perform:

 

  • a complete disassembly;

  • inside and outside cleaning of the BCD, including the power inflator and dump valves;

  • replacement of the inner workings with the special parts from the manufacturer, if needed;

  • reassembly;

  • examination of all straps and releases;

  • a comprehensive leak test.

 

Performing all of these steps allows us to inspect each part of your BCD for defects and wear indications that may cause problems for you later on. After the BCD overhaul is finished, it will be just like new.

TANKS

  • Unlike regulators and BCDs, all tanks have the same servicing requirements. Regardless of the manufacturer, number of times in use or material (steel or aluminum), all tanks should receive a visual inspection every year and a hydrostatic inspection every 5 years.

  • Yearly visual inspection is done to prevent corrosion, cracking and premature demise of your tank. Normally, a technician will check the outside for corrosion, dents, cuts and bulges. The inside will also be inspected for corrosion or contamination with the help of a bright light. Additionally, the technician should check the threads, the valve, the burst disc and the O-rings.

  • The valve service is another important part of tank maintenance. It is recommended that you have your tank valve serviced annually. You can request either a valve rebuild, which means that the valve’s inner workings will be replaced, or a valve clean with the replacement of o-rings.

 

Remember, although the tanks have a long life expectancy (approximately 25 years for aluminum and 30 years for steel cylinders), they are not designed to last forever. So, in case your tank fails visual or hydrostatic inspection you’ll just have to deal with the fact that you need a new one. Otherwise, if you attempt to use it or get it filled, either you or the filler may get severely injured.

TDS Travel Group 2020