I'm completely new to this, so I don't know if I'm doing something dumb or my regulator is broken. Here's what I'm doing:
Here's what I'm doing:
- I connected this regulator to a 5 lb. CO2 cylinder.
- Closed the blue output valve.
- Turned the regulator knob all the way down (left, i.e. counter-clockwise, i.e. out, i.e. towards the minus sign).
- Opened the valve on the CO2 cylinder.
- As expected, at this point the input (high-pressure) guage quickly goes up to about 600 psi.
- NOT expected: the output (low-pressure) guage quickly goes up to 50-60 PSI (the upper limit), and the relief valve starts sputtering and releasing CO2 quickly.
- Finally, as expected, when I shut off the cylinder, the input pressure slowly drops to zero (and then, if I hold open the relief valve or open the output, so does the output pressure.)
I can't find any configuration of knobs and valves that doesn't result in the output pressure spiking and the relief valve opening. Am I missing something? Is the regulator broken? Something else entirely?
NOTE: If I open the output, and open the regulator a little bit (so it's just releasing CO2 into the room) then the regulator knob does control the flow rate, as expected. Turning the knob to the left reduces the flow to a fairly low rate. If I then block the flow by closing the output valve, the output pressure builds to 60 PSI in about a second and the relief valve opens.