A six-year maintenance is needed every six years on most Dry
Chemical, Dry Powder, and Halogenated extinguishers only. This
maintenance consists of the technician completely breaking down
the extinguisher and checking, cleaning, and possibly replacing all
the components (valves, o-ring, hose, shell, handles, gauge, powder,
etc.) to make sure that it will properly extinguish a fire if one
should arise. If any components are defective, new parts can be
used, except the shell. If the shell is damaged with dents or rust it
will be condemned and the customer will need to purchase a new
extinguisher to replace it. Once the extinguisher is back together, it
will be equipped with a new inspection tag, tamper seal, verification
of service collar, and a six-year maintenance sticker that is placed on
the shell. The price of a six-year maintenance starts at a set price
and can increase if any parts need to be replaced.
A hydrostatic test is performed every five or twelve years,
depending on the type of extinguisher. All extinguishers that
require a six year maintenance need a hydrostatic test every
twelve years. All other extinguishers require the hydrostatic
test every five years. The extinguisher is broken down and
inspected in the exact same manner as a six-year
maintenance. On top of that, the shell of the extinguisher is
pressurized using water, to ensure that the shell can still
withstand the pressure needed to make an extinguisher work
properly. If the extinguisher passes the test, it is put back
together and given back to the customer equipped with a new
inspection tag, tamper seal, verification of service collar, and a
hydrostatic test sticker on the shell. If the extinguisher fails,
the customer will need to purchase a new extinguisher to
replace the failed one.
A recharge is required when an extinguisher has been used or the
extinguisher does not have the correct pressure and needs to be
re-pressurized. The price of a recharge will depend on how much
powder is needed for the extinguisher to return to its correct
weight. When the extinguisher is finished, it will be equipped
with a new tag, tamper seal, and verification of service collar.
There are three different types of services done on a fire
extinguisher: six-year maintence, hydrostatic test, and a recharge.
Almost anything can be repaired on a fire extinguisher.
Everything on a fire extinguisher except for the shell can be repaired or
replaced. If the part is completely destroyed or damaged, then it will have
to be replaced. Anything like a broken handle can be repaired and fixed. If
the shell of the extinguisher is damaged, on the other hand, the
extinguisher must be stamped condemned and disposed of properly.
Damaged shells may include dents and rust.
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