How do I Troubleshoot an LP Gas Detector in an RV Trailer?

How do I Troubleshoot an LP Gas Detector in an RV Trailer?
Propane is a type of fuel. It is used in recreational vehicles as well as homes. To guard against undetected leaks or spills, manufacturers of propane tanks enriched the gas with a chemical compound that gives off the smell of rotten eggs. This distinctive smell makes it easier to detect liquid propane gas in the air. If your LP gas detector is not working properly or makes a consistent beeping sound, troubleshoot the device for defects.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Vent the RV. Trapped odors may engage the gas detector and give a false reading. This is especially true for products that contain natural gases such as butane, a gas found in hairspray.
Step 2
Inspect the RV battery. A false reading might be the result of a low RV battery, which can cause an LP detector to become susceptible to false readings. A beeping noise may also occur if the RV battery has insufficient power to run the gas detector. Replace the RV battery or inspect the LP propane tank if the RV batter is full.
Step 3
Inspect the propane tank. Low levels can engage the gas detector. If the levels are low, proceed to step 4.
Step 4
Brush a soap-water solution onto the connections. If there is a leak, bubbles will form. Contact a professional who can repair the propane tank or remove it from your RV.
Step 5
Check the smoke detector. You may be confusing the beeping sound of a smoke detector with the beeping sound of an LP gas detector.

Tips & Warnings

Store your propane tank in a well-ventilated area.
Keep your propane tank in an upright position at all times.
Never store a propane tank near a heat source.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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