Fire Extinguisher Refilling Service, Tampa FL

Should You Recharge a Fire Extinguisher or Buy a New One?

How do I determine if my fire extinguisher needs to be recharged?

There are a few indicators for determining if your fire extinguishers need to be recharged or not. The 1st thing to inspect for is the tamper seal. If the tamper seal is at all broken or missing, then you should get it inspected to ensure that it wasn’t used, even a little. Secondly, you will want to look at the pressure gauge. If the pin is pointed in the middle of the green area, then your fire extinguisher is properly pressured. However, if the needle is pointed at the red zone, you’ll need to get it recharged as-soon-as-possible.

Why you should not recharge a fire extinguisher yourself!

To recharge a fire extinguisher yourself, it must be the proper kind of extinguisher. Fire-extinguishers with a plastic valve assembly are not suitable for recharging. Fire-extinguishers with a metal valve assembly are built in a way that they can be recharged. Additionally, to recharge a fire extinguisher requires a specific training yearly.

If you have the right equipment and training then sure, go ahead and service the fire extinguishers yourself; otherwise, it would be best to simply go to a fire extinguisher company like Hillsborough Fire Equipment Sales and Services and have them do it for you. Keep in mind if the recharge is not performed properly, your fire extinguisher could leak and be ineffective when you need it most.

There is a risk of you recharging the fire extinguisher yourself; you are then responsible for its effectiveness should it be used by another party. Therefore, you could be held liable in the event it does not work, and there is resulting damage to property or person.

At Hillsborough Fire Equipment Sales and Services, our number 1 priority is protecting life and property in your Tampa area buildings. If you need fire extinguisher installation, replacement or recharge in Lakeland, call us today!


Our fire extinguisher refill services specifically focus on restoring fire extinguishers that have recently been used, as well as fire extinguishers that have not been used in a while and need to be serviced to ensure their safety. 

All building and homeowners should definitely know how to refill fire extinguishers immediately after being used and keep their dwelling safe with extinguishers that function properly.

Fire extinguishers are categorized alphabetically based on their agent or combination of agents. Class “A” is often filled with water, while others use various powdered chemicals. Each particular agent dictates the method of recharge, so know the types of fire extinguishers you have on hand by checking their labels.

Refill Fire Extinguishers

Refilling a fire extinguisher involves using the agent, or in some cases, emptying any remaining agent left in the unit and then refilling it.

If you have a number of extinguishers in your home or business, it may wise to schedule a yearly inspection with Hillsborough Fire Equipment Sales and Services.

Some people find it easier to get a professional company like Hillsborough Fire Equipment Sales and Services do the job. Companies have the necessary equipment, training, and know-how. We offer a mobile service so that your home or office will not be without an extinguisher for any period of time. The charge is very reasonable, and the service is quick and efficient.

Whether you do it yourself or decide to hire someone who knows how to refill fire extinguishers, check that the pressure gauge reads properly when refilling is complete. The extinguisher will be refilled with the agent to a certain level, and the remaining air inside will be pressurized. BE sure to check that the gauge reads around 100 to 175 psi, or extends in the specifically indicated zone (often a green zone for readiness).

Why and When to Refill Fire Extinguishers

Once a fire extinguisher has been used (no matter how small the amount) it is crucial to have it refilled right away in order to keep it operational at all times and avoid a potential tragedy. At Hillsborough Fire Equipment Sales and Services, we know if It is also extremely necessary to recharge fire extinguishers during routine inspections, which may involve expelling the agent to check the proper discharging mechanisms and pressure gauge readings. Any repairs should be handled immediately, and the extinguisher recharged, ready for use.

You will need to refill or recharge the fire extinguishers during your annual (or more frequent) maintenance schedule. Always best to follow the recommendations and directions on the manufacturer’s label. Do not skip this step. It is vital to the operation of the extinguishers, as well as the effectiveness of the agent inside.

Fire extinguishers need to be completely discharged, cleaned, inspected, and recharged after every use and on a regular basis.

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