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Old 02-18-2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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Propane detector

My popane detector keeps going alarming. I have no gas turned on anywhere. I finally had to disconnect it. Is it common for them to start acting up.

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Old 02-18-2012, 11:07 PM   #2
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They start acting up when your battery gets low. They give a a beep every few seconds. if you have a constant alarm, then have a gas setting it off. Might be propane, might be hairspray, might be anything from an aerosol can. If constant, it has detected a gas it doesn't like. I it just is steadily beeping, probably low 12 volt battery.

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Old 02-19-2012, 05:41 PM   #4
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Yep, ours does the same when the battery voltage gets very low.

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as the others have said, your 12v battery is the most common cause, if you don't install a battery disconnect switch or take the battery out or don't keep the shore cord plugged in.
the propane detector is just one of the many parasitic power drains that RVs have.

a bad detector is a much rarer cause, but it does happen.
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they will also begin to act up when they get to be 3-5 years old. somewhere on the unit there is a date to guide you. the radio active material inside wears out and you have to replace the whole unit.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:35 PM   #7
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well I stay hooked to shore power at all times. The detector is only 18 months old.

I hooked it back up yesterday and as of now its not doing it anymore

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