• How often should your LPG pigtails and regulators be changed?

    This is a common question we as LPG installers get asked quite a lot.

    For those of you who do not know what a pigtail is, it’s the hose pipe that connects the gas bottle to the changeover valve.

    LPG Pigtails and Regulators

    LPG pigtails have a date stamped on them, this will normally be when the pigtail was manufactured.

    All hoses and pigtails need to be inspected regularly for any signs of damage as well as signs of corrosion.

    Like all rubber exposed to the outside weather, it will deteriorate over time.

    The LPG pigtails should be replaced every five years without fail

    Gas can be very dangerous in the wrong hands.

    You should always engage a Gas Safe Registered LPG installer who can carry out an annual safety inspection for you.

    The safety inspection will involve checking that all of your gas appliances are in good working order and safe to use.

    All visible gas pipes will be inspected, then a tightness test carried out to check for leakage.

    The inspection will include checking all pigtails and regulators for any signs of damage or wear.

    LPG Pigtails and Regulators

    You will be surprised at how many unsafe LPG installations there are out there having never been inspected.

    Just like the pigtails having a lifespan of five years, regulators should be changed every ten years.

    The Location of the pigtails and regulators is also very important, they should not be installed in direct sunlight, as this will reduce their lifespan.

    It’s a good idea to protect them from the sunlight by using some form of protective cover.

    You can purchase protective covers online, but they must be designed for LPG gas and nothing else.

    There are many to choose from so ensure you buy the correct one for your setup.

    Ask your LPG installer which one he would recommend.

    Something else that most people do not realise is that your property insurance could become void.

    If you do not have a regular gas safety inspection.

    The worst scenario is one of the pigtails starts leaking.

    It ignites causing a fire, you claim on your property insurance only to find it is declined due to lack of regular maintenance.

    We all know that insurance companies like to take our money at the start, but when it comes to paying out on a claim, they will try always not to pay-out.

    All gas appliances be it, LPG or natural gas should be gas safety checked every year.

    Part of the check is ensuring all gas appliances and pipework are in good condition and safe to use.

    This will also include any LPG pigtails and regulators.

    Finding a gas safe registered installer to carry out your inspection is quite easy, go to the gas safe website and follow the instructions.

    Ensure when contacting an installer that they are registered to work on your type of gas appliance.

    Ask if they are registered to work on LPG.

    As well as the appliances you want them to work on.

    I would assume that if you are reading this article it’s because you have a problem with a pigtail or regulator and are searching for more information.

    If this is the case, I would advise you to contact an LPG installer and arrange a visit so you can discuss your needs

    As stated before, gas in the wrong hands can be very dangerous.

    So don’t try and install or repair any appliance yourself, it’s against the law.

    UK law states that all gas work be it, repairs, servicing or installing should only be carried out by a gas safe registered installer.

    Be safe and always use a gas safe registered installer.

    LPG Pigtails and Regulators