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Old 03-15-2015, 10:30 PM   #1
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Propane solenoid coil very hot

Can anybody answer a question about the solenoid on the propane tank.
I touch the solenoid coil today and noticed it is very warm. Actually too hot to hold. Is this normal?
I smelled a little odor the other day but couldn't tell if it was propane or the toilet maybe not sealing good enough.
There is a very very weak smell of propane at the tank itself but may have been the vent valve not tight enough.
I will say that the propane alarm went off a couple of days ago put that was because my niece leaned up against the stove burner knob and slightly turned it on. May just have been a coincidence.
But still concerned about the solenoid coil.
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Old 03-15-2015, 11:41 PM   #2
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the old pre-tell II would start at 12 volts to the solenoid to engage then drop down to a lower voltage like 2.5 volts. I would imagine yours would do likewise. Id get a voltage reading and check with a dealer. Odds are its ok. I did see one wired direct to a switch one time and it was burnt black and awefully hot. I guess its possible that a sensor fail and it continue to operate the solenoid at 12 volts. So your observation is a good one...

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Old 03-16-2015, 12:07 AM   #3
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I've touched mine and noticed it stays hot. I believe this is normal and is due to the fact that if all is operating properly the 12v source keeps the valve open until a leak or CO is detected. Like Food Lion that's my 2 cents.

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