How long is a scuba tank good for?

How long can you store a full scuba tank?

Do not store tanks that are full of air for prolonged periods of time (no more than 3 months. A tank should be stored with just enough pressure (200 psi) to keep moisture out. Remember the higher the tank pressure, the greater the corrosion that may form inside.

What is the life of a scuba tank?

The service life of a properly cared for modern steel scuba tank is widely considered to be 50 years or more.

Are old scuba tanks good for anything?

Old tanks are not necessarily unusable as scuba equipment. If the tank’s hydrostatic test date is passed, send the tank in for testing. Steel tanks have a very long life and steel tanks from the 1950s can still be found in perfect working condition.

Does air go bad in a scuba tank?

Year old air should be fine as long as the tank does not have water in it to aide the corrosion/rust process which can lower the O2 content of the air. If it’s older than a year, I’d dump it anyway just to be safe and then get the tank VIP’d.

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Do scuba tanks have an expiration date?

In the US scuba cylinders must be hydrostatically tested every five years with a six-month grace period.

How much does it cost to Hydro a scuba tank?

Federal Law requires a new hydrostatic test every five years for most SCUBA tanks. AHS will provide this service for $55 per tank and it includes the test, a visual inspection, and an air fill. Hydro with a Nitrox fill is $62. Please note that additional charges may apply if the valve requires cleaning or rebuild.

How do you get rid of a scuba tank?

They should be rendered unusable for dive purposes and disposed of as scrap metal. You could drill the tanks, usually a 3/8″ or 1/2″ drill bit applied in a couple of places does the trick. Another method is to destroy the threads where the valve screws in. A simple cold chisel would do that job nicely.

How do I get rid of old scuba tanks?

If you wish to dispose of your old scuba cylinder, The Dive Shop will do the dirty work for you. If you can’t or unable to drop it off at the store, call us so we can make arrangements to pick them up. Scuba cylinders just can’t be thrown away or put in your trash bin.