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Old 02-21-2014, 07:37 PM   #1
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Propane Mystery

Just checked my LP level and found it totally empty when just a few days ago it was at least 2/3 full. No furnace or stove use and only minimal usage of hot water. No smell of LP gas ever and detector never went off, so no idea why I am suddenly out of propane.

Is it possible to steal propane from the tank? I don't see how but am clueless why my tank is empty.

Only other thought is that maybe the gas valve of the hot water heater failed to close??

Anyone with any thoughts or suggestions, please reply.
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LP Mystery

I forgot to mention that I have a Gerard Tankless heater. All appliances have worked flawlessly to my knowledge.
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:39 PM   #3
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a leak on the outside maybe
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:56 PM   #4
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I just had the same issue, they found the regulator on the tank was bad. Changed it out & no issue since.
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:07 PM   #5
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Could also be a bad gauge, they do stick sometimes.
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:16 PM   #6
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Both gauge on tank and inside tank monitor read empty - was 2/3 a few days ago. Did mot actually try to run an appliance but will do so tomorrow.

How can i check the regulator(besides looking for a leak)?
There is a small, squarish device on the line just past the regulator that is hot to the touch. Is it supposed to be hot?
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:22 PM   #7
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Are you sure it's your tank on there? With rising propane costs and relatively cold winter there have been some rumours (though no proof) of scrupulous people swapping empty tanks for full ones.
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x2 on the bad regulator. I had one last year and caught it in time when I parked the trailer after a trip and shut off my tanks.
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Just had a B. G. O ( blinding glimpse of the obvious...):
We are at a RV park in FL- 2 days ago a landscaper was cutting sites behind us when we smelled something like rotten eggs or cabbage - never even thought propane, just wondered "what the heck did they cut". Now I am feeling foolish realizing that that was likely when the regulator let go, if in fact it turns out to be the culprit, which is highly likely. Luckily nothing burned, blown, or damaged. Sure adds up - strong smell + empty tank.....
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Are you sure it's your tank on there? With rising propane costs and relatively cold winter there have been some rumours (though no proof) of scrupulous people swapping empty tanks for full ones.
Looks like they have a (25.5 gal) propane tank,it would be hard to switch when 2/3 full. Seems like a small amount of propane to feed (2) 20.000btu furnaces? Youroo!!
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