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Wiping with cleaning cloth It’s very important to keep your regulator clean, so always wipe it over with a cloth when you’ve finished using it. A dirty regulator could carry grease or debris into your gas appliance next time you use it. If you’ve been having a barbecue, be particularly careful to avoid any cooking oil dripping into the regulator. This could clog up the vent.
Close-up of Campingaz regulator rubber sealing washer Check the sealing washer around the valve every time you remove the regulator and replace it if there are any signs of wear, to avoid a gas leak.
Warning sign - red triangle with exclamation mark Never try to repair your regulator if it stops working properly. Any damage to the valve, diaphragm or vent could result in a leak. In the case of small regulators used with portable appliances it’s generally cheaper to buy a new one rather than try to get it repaired. Only larger industrial regulators are worth repairing.
Gas Safe logo If a permanently fixed regulator, for instance one attached to a caravan or holiday home, develops a fault, you need to call a Gas Safe engineer to fix it. Don’t break the law by attempting it yourself.
Blue butane gas regulator with pressure gauge If your regulator came with gauges already fitted, you mustn’t remove, swap or tinker with them in any way. If a gauge starts leaking, take the whole regulator to your supplier and replace it if they can’t help.
Workshop interior with shelving Store the regulator in a clean, dry place such as a shed or garage. Put it in a bag or box to avoid dust and insects getting in through the vent and contaminating the mechanism.
 Wonkee Donkee says replace regulator every 10 years