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preventing regulator freezup

Discussion in 'Regulators' started by buff, May 1, 2001.

  1. buff

    buff Manta Ray

    As I recall my Poseidon users manual says to seal the first stage when diving in water less than 7 degrees celsius. So the water doesn't have to be 0 degrees to freeze the first stage?
    Should I just get the first stage sealed and be done with it?
  2. detroit diver

    detroit diver Great White


    The rushing air will cool the regulator well past the freezing point, and thus the suggestion for sealing the first stage to avoid ice buildup.

    Some manufacturers believe that the warmer water (ie warmer than freezing) will allow the parts to stay functional. Others believe that there should be no contact with water at all.

    I would follow your manufacturers suggestions.
  3. jobowker

    jobowker Nassau Grouper

    The reason that the water doesn't have to be zero degrees is because of the decompressing gas. When your tank is being filled up, it gets warm. I think it's Boyle's law - if volume remains constant and pressure increases, temperature also increase. On the flip side, when the pressure drops (like from inside your 3000psi tank to around 140psi after the first stage) the air cools significantly. It is this cooling, coupled with already colse to freezing temperatures, that causes the issue. I would get it sealed and be done with it.
  4. buff

    buff Manta Ray

    You're right on! I'm going to get it sealed.

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