The latest issue of Undercurrent has a good discussion on regulator care, and, it makes some valid and provocative points that I feel are important to share.
Following the manufacturers’ recommendations for an annual service on your regulator gets it back into manufacturer’s specs. It makes sense to get optimal performance from it, but most important is the life support issue. If $100 is too much for you to spend annually to get a regulator to perform as it should, then maybe you should re-think your priorities. When you are dealing with an emergency you want to know that your regulator is functioning correctly. Your last thought shouldn’t be, ‘Maybe I should have gotten that thing serviced after all”.
A Scubapro warranty will get you “free parts for life” if you get your reg serviced yearly. This is a good savings over time. When you take your reg set in make sure the service techs attend manufacturer’s training. Our service staff regularly attend 1-3 day SCUBAPRO training seminars. When you pick up your regulator after it has been serviced, test it on air while you are still in the dive store. Bo