Unlike coal, gas cylinders have to be replaced each time the ones you're using run empty. Other common reasons for wanting to change your cylinder are that it's damaged, the connections aren't functioning correctly anymore, or it appears rusty.
Whatever your reason for wanting to replace your gas cylinder, you must exercise extreme caution. An improper hose connection can cause leakage, which ultimately puts you at risk.
Here are 6 simple steps for changing your gas cylinders:
1. Always wear protective clothing
You must always wear protective clothing as a safety precaution when handling or replacing a gas cylinder. This helps to reduce the likelihood of injury and it's recommended that you have the appropriate footwear, safety glasses and gloves.
2. Close off the valve
Calor gas bottles have valves that are usually found on top of the cylinders that control the flow of gas. Ensure that you first turn off this valve before removing the cylinder. The process is as simple as closing a water tap in your home. This is the first stage of ensuring you don't experience any gas leaks.
3. Disconnect the high-pressure hose
You can use a spanner to undo the nut that's attached to the high-pressure gas hose on the cylinder. This disconnects the hose and allows any residual gas to escape. Tip: Don't drop the spanner on the ground. This could cause sparks and could cause serious problems.
4. Release the cylinder from its securing bracket
This stage requires that you have protective gloves on. Carefully remove the empty gas cylinder and secure it in an upright position. Alternatively, you can also lie the cylinder down flat and secure it to prevent it from rolling around.
5. Snift the replacement cylinder bottle
You can do this by quickly opening and closing the valve on the top. It helps to clear any moisture or dust that may have settled in the outlet. When snifting the replacement cylinder bottle, ensure that it's pointed away from your body.
6. Connect the high-pressure hose
Before you connect the high-pressure hose, check the rubber 'O' ring for damages. If it's okay, then you can tighten the nut firmly by hand.
Replacing an empty gas cylinder with a new one isn't a complicated process. You must, however, take precautionary measures not to injure yourself or put others around you at risk. The steps mentioned above should just about cover the process.