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Propane
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Jim-IL    Posted 01-14-2004 at 08:29:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a new propane supplier who purchased my old suppliers business. I received a letter saying that any regulator over 15 years old would be replaced by them for 79$ or if if I had 2 regulators it would be 139$. I have to do this within 2 years. Does this sound right, or is it just a profit builder for the company?


Dave Munson    Posted 01-14-2004 at 13:40:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was told there is some law stating that the regulators must be tested / inspected / changed to some new standard or type. Apparently the companies that service the tanks (fill the tanks) may be held responsible if your regulator fails and they did not inspect.


deadcarp    Posted 01-14-2004 at 09:34:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
when it comes to a 15-yr-old propane part, i'd say spend the money. our old neighbor mattson lived in a trailer and spent his evenings at the vfw. one winter night he staggered home, opened the door and took one puff offa his cigar. the whole place was flattened in the snow, all his belongings were tore up and when we got over there, there he stood about a block away, schittfaced and without a shirt or covers. his chest skin was flopping like an apron. he only lasted a few days. spend the money.


Sid    Posted 01-14-2004 at 09:28:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I understand some propane dealer gas associations have a rebate in which they give the dealer a rebate. I also understand from what I have been told that It is the old style regulators that are fifteen or more years old that they are suggesting be replaced. I am not sure that they are wanting to replace them every fifteen years. I am sure there are some safety involved but I bet a lot of companies are cashing in on it.


Bob    Posted 01-14-2004 at 09:10:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
It seeems as the insurance companies have clamped down on propane dealers, and have a bunch of requirements to keep liability costs down. In our area, several dealers have just quit, and some have merged with bigger outfits.

I am about as cheap as they come, but those prices don't seem entirely out of range for retail prices. For the safety of your own butt, a new regulator every 15 years is probably not a bad idea. I have seen several stick due to crud, and recently got a call from an elderly neighbor who smelled propane. Turned out to be a ruptured diaphragm in the regulator. I think that one was, like 20 years old.

So I think while there may be some profit motive behind the 15 year replacement, it does have it's safety merits, too.

A small leak in a natural gas system often will just rise up and blow away with the wind, but propane is heavier than air and any leakage will sink to the lowest area it can get to, and collect there, unless there is enough air movement to sweep it away. Therefore, safety with propane is usually considered an even bigger issue than with natural gas.


other bob    Posted 01-14-2004 at 15:42:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have also heard in new construction in some places you cannot have a propane furnace in a basement because it will go to lower level


marlowe    Posted 01-14-2004 at 09:00:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
brother is a lp supplier and reg. are 25.00 for the low pressure. and 32.00 for the high pressure.


bob    Posted 01-14-2004 at 08:47:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just purchased a new tank and they told me that you should replace them every 15 years but don.t have to. I only paid 46.00 for mine as will use old one on tank for garage. I don,t know what your state reg are but in my state this is what I was told


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