Written on: November 7, 2022
From P3 Safety
When you own or operate a propane company, regulator replacement is a crucial procedure that should be completed regularly to help ensure the safety and proper operation of the propane equipment you service. And we know you’ve heard it before—if it isn’t documented, it didn’t happen. Documenting your regulator replacements is imperative—as is documenting any testing completed prior to putting a regulator into service. Keep reading this blog post to learn the importance of regulator replacement and documenting your propane company’s regulator installations and replacements accurately.
The Purpose of Regulator Replacement
Regulators control the pressure to downstream equipment. A piece of equipment called a seat disk allows gas to flow through the piping while a diaphragm moves back and forth to control downstream gas pressure. Sometimes, when demand for gas is low, the seat disk can jam or lock up. Building pressure behind a locked-up disk can eventually divert gas through the relief valve, a release mechanism designed to prevent equipment damage. Timely regulator replacement is necessary to maintain a well-working propane system.
Due to the amount of wear and tear this equipment sees daily, regulator replacement guidelines are set by each regulator manufacturer. It’s easy to see why documentation is so critical for such an intermittent task. Read on to learn how our team of propane safety experts recommends that you document and track your regulator replacements.
Documenting & Tracking Your Regulator Replacements
Tracking regulators in your portfolio to ensure they are replaced before their manufacturer-recommended expiration is critical to reduce risk and maintain overall compliance. The easiest way to track and document your regulator installations and replacement is with the P3 Compliance System. We make it easy to manage regulator compliance with features like:
*Input error reduction with automated form fields and Mobile Professor support explain the process and relevant code information to technicians in the field
*Error-recognition technology provides automatic alerts when inspection form fields are incomplete or noncompliant in real-time with an explanation from the Mobile Professor
*Automated management reports for regulator replacement based on manufacturer-recommended lifespans
Interested in trying out a free demo of the P3 Compliance System? It has all the tools you need to navigate regulator replacement and installation, perform remote auditing, access electronic storage and retrieval, and lots more. Click here to request a no-risk demo at zero cost to you.