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novafire 11-03-2008 02:15 PM

CO2 regulator stuck at full power
I have the dual regulator from Midwest Brew Logic Dual Tap Draft System- with Reconditioned CO2 Tank :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

I have been using it since July, but over the weekend I noticed that the second regulator out from the tank was running at full power (60 psi I believe). Even when I completely close the knob on the regulator and bleed the line, the needle creeps back up to full blast. My guess is that the regular valve is busted and set to fully open for some reason. Any thoughts?

GilaMinumBeer 11-03-2008 02:21 PM

Have you talked to Midwest?

Is it possible the regulator is reconditioned too?

I forget what it's called but, depending on your regulator their may be a small cartridge inside the bell housing with a ball head pin. If the ball on the pin isn't mated to a slot properly it will cause the reg to not function properly.

Just a thought.

novafire 11-03-2008 02:50 PM

I am waiting to hear back from Midwest. I don't believe the regulators were reconditioned. I just thought I would see if anyone else has had this problem.

novafire 11-05-2008 05:06 PM

Still no word from Midwest. Looks like I might need to take the thing apart and see if there is anything that appears out of place.

MoRoToRiUm 11-05-2008 09:07 PM

Don't mess with it man- Took them two days one time when I emailed, but they always come through. Call them and they help right away. I don't want to see you mess with it and not be able to fix it, because then they might not be so helpful...

kirscp 11-06-2008 12:22 AM

I took one of my Cornelius regulators apart last night. I highly doubt you'll be able to see if anything looks broken.

Mine had a large spring, round metal disk with hole in the center, a metal nipple going through the disk, and a couple of gaskets.

Granted, that regulator is somewhere around 30+ years old, so yours may be different, but I doubt they've changed.

If your pressure gauge only goes to 60lbs, you may actually be higher then 60lbs.

kappclark 11-06-2008 01:00 AM

I have had a very good experience with Midwest and my replacement pin-lock socket ... very helpful,

You're in good hands ..

novafire 11-06-2008 01:58 PM

OK, I'll wait to hear back from Midwest. I am not in any rush since i just set up a 6way manifold off the other regulator.

IrregularPulse 11-06-2008 02:55 PM

There is not much to a regulator. Don't be afraid of disassembling. They're not maintenance free and will need cleaned/lubed occasionally. Disassemble, Clean all parts, and put a little keg lube on the seats, and reassemble. Just pay attention when taking it apart so you know how it goes together. Worst case scenario, it still doesn't work. You won't break anything.

Moonshae 11-06-2008 08:19 PM

I had this happen before, best to just get the replacement. I tried messing with it first and went through 20 lbs of CO2 in a week. Not worth the hassle.

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