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Old 10-07-2013, 06:52 AM   #1
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Hi,

I have a newish regulator which I've been using for about 2 or 3 weeks for carbonating soda. I set it up to the correct PSI and made sure it wasn't leaking and begin using it. It worked for about 3 weeks and now it won't output any gas. I know that the taking is filling up the regulator, but the "out" is completely empty.

Any advice or feedback would be appreciated!

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Old 10-07-2013, 01:55 PM   #2
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Can you give us a little more background? How do you know the tank is filling up the regulator?

I don't mean to belittle you, but I think that we've all made stupid mistakes by just overlooking little things:
Are you sure your tank isn't empty?
Is there a shufoff valve between the regulator and the gas disconnect? I hooked up a keg to carb and couldn't figure out why it wasn't carbed at all after a few days then discovered my valve was closed.
Are you turning the regulator the correct way? It's backwards from a faucet, turning to the right actually opens up and increases pressure.
Is your disconnect properly seated on the keg?
Is the dip tube in the keg clogged with something?

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Old 10-07-2013, 08:46 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response!

I have a gauge on my tank and also on my regulator for tank pressure. They both indicate that they tank is fine. Also I have to manually unscrew the regulator to release the pressure.

I checked all the shutoffs and they were open at the time!

The regulator was set at the correct PSI a few weeks ago and I haven't changed it. I checked all the lines for clogs and I didn't see any.

Let me know if you think of anything else.

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Hmm. That beats me. I guess it may very well be broken, but I don't know how to tell for sure. If it's newish I'd say to check with the vendor you purchased it from.

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What brand of regulator is it?

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I bought it online (ebay). Its made in china, I don't know what brand it is. Says "SRF YQT-731A" on the regulator.

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Unless the vendor is going to replace it, it may be time to open it up and check the guts.

One of my newer regulators was acting up about a month ago and I took a look inside. didn't see anything obvious, but I cleaned an dried everything. Put it back together and the darn thing started to work properly again.

It's easy find a guide on-line for cracking one open, and it's pretty simple design inside so don't let it scare you to disassemble the thing.

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Unless the vendor is going to replace it, it may be time to open it up and check the guts.

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I was arriving to this conclusion myself yesterday. I watched a few instructional videos about how to open and repair regulators. I think I have a basic understanding of how the regulator should work and what to look for since its not working.

The one thing that stoping me from doing it today is I don't know how to open my regulator. In all the videos I watched were using taprite style of regulator with the four screws holding it together. Mine looks like the front was twisted like a screw onto the body. I'm not sure how to get it open yet.

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PS: what did you use to clean the internal parts?
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So I was able to take apart my regulator and I think I found the problem!



I contacted the seller and got an immediate refund! I can't believe anyone would sell this as a "kegging / soda" regulator. Gross!

Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced regulator for a reputable company?

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Sorry for not getting back with you sooner. My e-mail is counting my HBT notifications as spam.

Anyway, I'm glad you got to the bottom of things.

And to answer the other question. I used sanitizer to clean, then made sure everything was real dry before I put it back together.

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