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Posted on September 20, 2011

Should You Recharge or Replace Your Fire Extinguisher?

As you already know, it is extremely important that you make sure your fire extinguishers are fully charged at all times—especially if you’ve recently used one to help put out a fire. There are two ways to keep up your fire extinguisher’s charge after you use it: you can either have it recharged or you can have the whole fire extinguisher replaced. So the real question is, which is better—recharging or replacing your business’s fire extinguisher?

Kauffman Co. is a family-owned fire protection company with over 35 years of experience in the commercial fire protection industry. Fire extinguishers are one of our specialties. If you have questions about your company’s fire extinguishers, please contact us online or call to speak with one of our technicians!

Using Fire Extinguishers

Most good fire extinguishers are designed to last a long time—up to 12 years or more, with proper maintenance. This means that as long as the fire extinguisher shell holds up, fire extinguisher recharge should do the trick every time. That said, it is often more economical to just have the whole unit replaced—this is especially true with smaller fire extinguishers.

Most of the time, the best thing you can do is just call Kauffman Co! We will come out and inspect the fire extinguishers in question and can recommend whether we think you should have the extinguishers replaced or recharged. Also remember that you should call us even if you only use a little bit of the extinguishant in your fire extinguisher—releasing just a little bit could result in your fire extinguisher being unable to protect you the next time around.

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Note: this mostly applies to fire extinguishers that are undercharged because they have been used. If you haven’t touched your fire extinguisher in a while and it’s slowly losing its charge, you may have a leak or a small crack in the shell—both things that would require full on fire extinguisher replacement. You can inspect the pressure gauge on your fire extinguisher and ensure that it is in the green zone.

When to Replace Your Fire Extinguishers

So by now you know that you should have your fire extinguishers replaced after you use them. But when else should you replace your fire extinguishers? Obviously, you want to replace your fire extinguisher any time its charge has been compromised if you think it won’t be able to keep your employees and property protected. This means replacing it if:

  • The hose or nozzle is cracked, ripped, or clogged
  • The pin on the handle is broken or missing
  • The handle is wobbly
  • The inspection tag is missing
  • The shell is cracked or damaged

Fire Extinguisher Services in Texas

If you have fire extinguishers in your building that have been used recently and have lost some of their charge, call Kauffman Co.! Our licensed technicians can come inspect your fire extinguishers and help you decide whether you need fire extinguisher recharge or fire extinguisher replacement. And if your fire extinguisher is damaged or malfunctioning in any way, contact us for fire extinguisher replacement right away!

We provide estimates for new and replacement fire protection systems throughout Texas (TX) in:

  • Alvin
  • Angleton
  • Austin
  • Baytown
  • Beaumont
  • Bellaire
  • Clute
  • Conroe
  • Deer Park
  • Dickinson
  • Freeport
  • Friendswood
  • Galena Park
  • Galveston
  • Houston
  • Humble
  • Huntsville
  • Jacinto City
  • Katy
  • La Marque
  • La Porte
  • Lake Charles, LA
  • Lake Jackson
  • League City
  • Missouri City
  • Orange
  • Pasadena
  • Pearland
  • Port Arthur
  • Richmond
  • Rosenberg
  • San Antonio
  • Schulenburg
  • South Houston
  • Stafford
  • Sugar Land
  • Texas City
  • The Woodlands
  • Victoria
  • Waco
For more information, contact us online or call us now at (713) 893-1090.
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