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Old 11-22-2022, 06:48 PM   #1
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CO / Propane alarm keeps going off

The test button on the CO/Propane alarm keeps going off, but says to replace after 60 mos. The 60-month deadline would be up two years ago. Do I need to change the alarm and is this a DYI? Anyone know the cost?Click image for larger version

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Old 11-22-2022, 07:01 PM   #2
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Old 11-22-2022, 07:34 PM   #3
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Do I need to change the alarm and is this a DYI? Anyone know the cost?Attachment 281779
For an 8 year old RV, yep.

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Old 11-22-2022, 09:44 PM   #4
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Straight forward replacement. Remove the 4 screws to remove it. Then cut the two wires connected to it, ( one at a time so you don't blow thr fuse) and remember which wire is positive and negative. I used yellow wire nuts to connect wires back together and taped them.
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I had replaced mine twice. It continued to go off with hairspray, neighbors using charcoal lighter, neighbor starting his tuned diesel truck, cleaners, scented candles, and unexplained reasons (flatulence?) in the night. After injuring myself falling while trying to quickly hit the reset at 2:00 AM, in the dark, I disconnected it. I instead use a residential-style Carbon Monoxide detector in the camper and donít concern myself with the propane detector.

I have propane gas water heater, propane gas kitchen range, propane gas residential heating boiler, propane gas vented fireplace insert, propane gas suspended garage heater, and propane gas clothes dryer in my permanent residence , with both 1000 gallon and 250 gallon propane tanks in the back yard. I never have had a concern for a propane gas detector in my home, and likewise with my Roo.

Unlike unscented carbon monoxide, propane scent is very distinctive and I am quite sensitive to it. I have worked with installing propane equipment including livestock tank heaters and crop grain dryers in the past, so I do stay attuned for the scent of propane and carry a bottle of leak detection fluid with the camper(dish soap & water or kids bubble fluid works as well.)

Earlier this year while camping we found first by smell and then inspection with bubbles that the automatic propane changeover/selector was failing and leaking. I just shut off both lp tanks and made a quick run to a nearby rv dealership to get a replacement changeover/selector and both tank hoses while I was at it.

Use your own judgement. I will never be without a working smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. But to me, the propane detectors have far too many false alarms to be useful.
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Old 12-01-2022, 06:12 AM   #6
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My memory may be wrong but seems like mine kept going off when my battery was failing and couldn't hold a charge. As long as the RV was plugged in it worked fine, but shortly after unplugging it started beeping.
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My memory may be wrong but seems like mine kept going off when my battery was failing and couldn't hold a charge. As long as the RV was plugged in it worked fine, but shortly after unplugging it started beeping.
Having the same low battery issue right now.
I have a single solar panel as an experiment and to keep the battery charged w/o being plugged in. Oddly, after several days of snow cover or dreary rain the battery is no longer charged.........
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I had to replace my alarm after two years of ownership (not a Roo, and different detector), well before the recommended replacement time. It was going off all the time for no good reason. It first started on a 3 week trip. I stopped by Home Depot and bought a battery powered smoke/CO detector and mounted it to the wall, and snipped the wires on the alarm that came with the RV. Once I got home from the trip I bought a new detector and installed it without any issues since. I still have the battery powered one. I figure this way if the other one starts going off again, and the battery powered one stays quiet, I have less to worry about. If both go off, time to clear out!
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Having the same low battery issue right now.
I have a single solar panel as an experiment and to keep the battery charged w/o being plugged in. Oddly, after several days of snow cover or dreary rain the battery is no longer charged.........
That's not odd, panel output diminishes in such weather. Sounds like you need more panel wattage.
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