When a gas pump suddenly loses money, you can’t just turn the valve back on and hope the gas doesn’t leak.
Instead, you need to make sure your pump isn’t being used in the wrong place.
“I’d recommend going to your local gas station and seeing what the gas prices are for your particular location,” says Mark Fenton, a former employee of the New York City Department of Water and Power and a member of the California Gas & Electric Association’s Pipeline Safety Working Group.
Fenton says it’s often worth contacting your gas station for more specific pricing.
“When a gas station loses money because they’re using a gas line, it’s really important to know the best way to use your gas,” he says.
Here are some tips to make the most of the pump, and how to make it work in your area.
Use a pump with a high-pressure filter.
“If your pump is only in one spot, like in a car, it’ll work fine,” Fenton advises.
“But if it’s used in a garage, it may be better to replace it.”
You can replace your gas line with a pump that has a high pressure filter, which means the pressure is applied to the gas instead of the line.
If your gas is leaking, this could be the best thing to do. 2.
Get a water tank.
“A pump is a good place to store a lot of water.
But if you have to get water from a water source, you’re better off using a water reservoir, which is typically the tank that has water sitting in it,” says Fenton.
“It’s easier to get it to a high enough pressure to actually stop the gas leaking.”
Check your gas supply.
“Once you get a gas leak, it might not be obvious how to fix it.
So a lot more people are trying to figure it out,” Fentons says.
If you see your pump or compressor going down or even going out of commission, check for a leak.
“That’s a signal that something needs to be done,” he advises.
Check to see if your gas has been pumped into the wrong spot.
“You should check your pump for leaks before you pump gas into your garage or anywhere else, especially if you’re not sure how long the pump is working,” says Scott Litt, an electrician and former member of both the Pipeline Safety Group and the New Jersey Public Utilities Commission’s Pipeline Advisory Committee.
“There’s a good chance the pump has been leaking and you don’t know what to do.”
Check the pump’s voltage.
“We recommend going in with your meter, turning on your pump, using the meter, and then checking the voltage,” says Litt.
“Then it’s probably a good idea to replace your pump.
It’s not uncommon to find the pump and compressor running for more than a few minutes.”
Check if there’s an overpressure warning on the pump.
“As soon as the pump starts to lose pressure, it should go into overpressure mode,” Litt says.
“This is where the gas is really flowing into the tank.”
“This can cause problems, because if you pump in excess of what the pump should be capable of pumping, the pump can blow the valve off,” says Soren Jensen, a professor of engineering and public policy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
“The best thing you can do is make sure you don and get the pump back on as soon as possible,” he adds.
“Otherwise, it will continue to blow the valves.”
Check that the pump isn “active” when it’s working.
“Normally, when a pump is activated, it usually shuts down and the gas tank shuts down,” says Jensen.
“What happens when a gas lines up in a high or low pressure tank is that it will release pressure and blow the system out.”
To help prevent this, the gas line should be connected to a valve that has an opening at the top, and you can make sure the valve is open when the pump works.
“Sometimes you’ll have to put a piece of wire between the valve and the tank to ensure that the gas pressure is maintained,” says Jason Smith, an engineer and member of Pipeline Safety’s Pipeline Working Group, who says it could take up to two hours to make changes to the pump if you don.
“Also, if you are running your pump into the garage, be sure to make your pump fully shut off and plugged into a wall outlet before you run your pump to get the gas back to normal,” he notes.
If the valve breaks, replace it.
“Because it’s a mechanical issue, if the valve on your gas pump breaks, it can be a serious problem for your gas system,” Smith says.
To prevent the valve from being damaged, it would be best to replace the valve in your pump