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Old 04-27-2014, 04:43 PM   #1
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Propane bottle noise

I'm having an issue with one of my propane bottles that hopefully someone can help me with. Whenever the furnace or water heater is on it makes a loud pinging noise. Only one bottle does this. Of course the dealer couldn't duplicate it when I took it on for some other work. I was in a hurry and didn't have time to wait when I picked it up. I recorded a video of the sound.

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Old 04-27-2014, 10:25 PM   #2
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Mine does the same thing whenever the furnace or water heater is on. I just assumed it was the propane going through the check valves and regulators. Hopefully it's nothing to worry about.
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:29 PM   #3
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Wow. When you say makes a noise, you mean it. I've never heard that before. Sounds like a pendulum swinging around in there. Ha. Hope you figure it out. Maybe shut down all flow and restart.
Or switch bottle left and right to see if its the bottle causing it or the connection . Just guesses.

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Old 04-27-2014, 11:01 PM   #4
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I have something similar but quieter and on both tanks. Hmm?
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I had a similar problem. Replacing the pigtails solved it.
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I might try changing the pigtails. That would be an easy thing to try. It only happens on one bottle.

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You could try dcheatwood's suggestion first and switch the chirping pigtail to the other bottle to verify that it is the pigtail. In my case, both sides were making the noise.
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Old 04-27-2014, 11:36 PM   #8
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It could be the float on the opd valve is broken and is trying to shut off flow during use. The float is for when you fill tank it will not over fill past 90 percent I would take it to a propane dealer and have it checked out to make sure that it can't be over filled because if you get liquid in your pipes it can be dangerous.


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In my case, I replaced both tanks first and still had the noise, so I got advice here to replace the pigtails. Replacing a pigtail is much less expensive than replacing the tank. I would do that if a new pigtail doesn't fix it.
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Take the propane bottle that makes the noise out and hook up it up to your propane BBQ (if you have one) and see if it still makes the same noise. If not, then most likely it is the pigtail.
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