The gas converter is designed to receive high pressure liquid petroleum gas and convert it to a low pressure gas. This is achieved by water passing through this component to prevent it from icing up. The gas converter consists of two chambers, a high pressure chamber and a low pressure chamber attached to a diaphragm which is connected to a needle valve to allow the low pressure gas to the mixer thus mixing the air at the correct ratio ready for the combustion chamber.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR
The converter requires the cooling system not to leak because the converter uses the flow of water to prevent the converter from icing up. This is the most common and dangerous scenario because the icy converter body may distort, allowing high pressure gas through the unit. If you find the converter icy turn the gas tap off at the tank and get it attended to A.S.A.P. Another common problem is the cooling system connections begin to leak. Get it attended to A.S.A.P. as this will affect the function of the converter. Another problem is the converter malfunctioning, if it does this it will stop.
IS IT EXPENSIVE TO REPAIR?
Repairing or replacing a converter may cost around $180.00 depending on the brands. Because there are so many parts in a converter you can go either way, repair or replace it. But it has to be done by a qualified gas installer.
TEMPORARY REPAIR AND LONG TERM REPLACEMENT
If it is found that the converter is icy do not pour hot water over it as this may crack the converter body. Allow the temperature to go down by itself with the gas tap turned off at the tank. This may take about 30 minutes to an hour.