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Old 06-21-2012, 02:12 AM   #1
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Default Over pressurised keg regulator

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I bought a new regulator recently (dual gauge). I coupled it to the CO2 tank, flipped the gas out line switch to off, and turned the pressure adjustment knob all the way down.
Now, when I open the CO2 tank, the gas out line gauge goes through the roof and forces gas to escape from the regulator's release valve (sounding like an automatic weapon...).

Has anyone encountered this before? And if so, how was it fixed?

Thanks for your help!!!

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Old 06-21-2012, 02:28 AM   #2
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The high pressure gauge should read the PSI of the incoming gas, or what is in the tank.
The low pressure gauge should read what you adjust it to.

Which gauge is reading crazy results? It sounds like a bad regulator. You should be able to open the gas and hold pressure where you set it. Make sure you're setting it to the very low end of the adjustment.

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Old 06-21-2012, 02:37 AM   #3
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It's the low pressure gauge.
I get the distinct impression that the regulator is not converting the high pressure in, into low pressure out, even with the adjustment set all the way to "low". Any idea how this could occur?

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Old 06-21-2012, 04:27 AM   #4
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It's the low pressure gauge.
I get the distinct impression that the regulator is not converting the high pressure in, into low pressure out, even with the adjustment set all the way to "low". Any idea how this could occur?
Stuck reg or you are screwing it the wrong way.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:09 AM   #5
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Stuck reg or you are screwing it the wrong way.
^ This - the latter, I bet.

You close the regulator by turning the adjusting knob or screw counter-clockwise - the opposite of a standard faucet...

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Old 06-21-2012, 04:29 PM   #6
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The adjustment knob is already turned all the way down (counter clockwise), so that is definitely not the issue.

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If it's turned all the way down it's at it's highest pressure , you need to back the screw out until there is no tention on the screw.

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The adjustment knob is already turned all the way down (counter clockwise), so that is definitely not the issue.
That's contradictory. If the screw is flush with the regulator you are the highest pressure available. If you are moving the adjustment screw counter clockwise, you should be releasing pressure. If that's the cause, the regulator is stuck.
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Is it one of those regulators that require you to pull it out before it will let you adjust it?

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That's contradictory. If the screw is flush with the regulator you are the highest pressure available. If you are moving the adjustment screw counter clockwise, you should be releasing pressure. If that's the cause, the regulator is stuck.
Down, meaning pressure is down. Maybe?
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