Question: Do scuba tanks expire?

Do scuba tanks go bad?

We often take for granted that our cylinders are safe, and that dive staff has tested and properly cared for them. But if a cylinder “goes bad,” it can have life-changing (or even life-ending) consequences for the diver or whomever is filling it. Scuba cylinders leave the factory tested to strict engineering standards.

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.

How do I know if my scuba tank is good?

The tank should be inspected at least once a year by a trained technician. The visual inspection process includes checking for cuts, dents, stress lines, bulges, current hydrostatic test date, and signs of general abuse outside, and pits, corrosion, coating defects, neck cracks, and thread integrity inside.

How long can air sit in 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.

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How much does it cost to recertify 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 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.