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A couple of years ago, SCUBABOARD users were very helpful in answering a question I posted about annual service on my TUSA regulators:
Hello, I could use some advice from owners of TUSA regulators, though comments and questions from everyone are welcome. My reg setup, a TUSA first stage and octo and Oceanic primary, are in the shop right now for annual servicing. I last had a full service done in September last year, complete...scubaboard.com
I would like opinions on a more general question. TUSA offers free part kits for regulators that receive a full overhaul (rebuilding) every year. My local dive shop in D.C. has been servicing my regs for the past 3 years. Based on my discussions with them over my current invoice, we've determined that based on TUSA's free parts offer for annual servicing, I can go one of two ways going forward: 1) either get full service every year as TUSA recommends, which would amount to $294 (2 years total, parts, labor, and taxes), or 2) get full service every other year, with just an inspection in off years, which would amount to $254.
Since the price different between these two service plans is not that much, I would prefer to follow whichever plan is preferable from a safety perspective. Does anyone have a strong opinion about whether it is safer to perform full servicing every year, or every other year? I would think that full service every year would make for a less likely chance of mechanical failure. But in the above thread, someone mentioned that "any time you rebuild a reg, there is a chance that one of those brand new o-rings or a seat will fail," which is a bit unnerving--and counter-intuitive.
Assuming money is no object, which is preferable, annual regulator overhaul, or every other year with an inspection in between?
All opinions much appreciated!
Thank you all very much for the excellent suggestions so far. I should have added, BTW, that I only go on 2-3 diving trips a year with an average of (maybe) 10-12 dives per trip.