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Old 09-26-2014, 12:52 PM   #1
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Propane tank won't fill

My van has been sitting with an empty propane tank for about two months on the driveway.
This morning I went to fill the tank and the tank would not fill. It was trying to fill but it was almost like a blockage.
After several tries we slowly got just over a gallon but the guy said he didn't want to do any more. He didn't charge me for the gallon.
Any ideas what may be wrong ?
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:00 PM   #2
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The new tanks have a limiting mechanize in them that may get stuck. I am surprised that when you started to get flow that it did not fill. I would take it to a propane dealer rather than a filling station and have them look at it.
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The new tanks have a limiting mechanize in them that may get stuck. I am surprised that when you started to get flow that it did not fill. I would take it to a propane dealer rather than a filling station and have them look at it.
This is an older unit, my van is a 2005 , would it have the same issues as you suggest?
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:02 PM   #4
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My van has been sitting with an empty propane tank for about two months on the driveway.
This morning I went to fill the tank and the tank would not fill. It was trying to fill but it was almost like a blockage.
After several tries we slowly got just over a gallon but the guy said he didn't want to do any more. He didn't charge me for the gallon.
Any ideas what may be wrong ?
Thanks
Colin
The fill connection has a check valve in it.

Obviously it's some what stuck.

You can try to fix it by taking a blunt stick or so, place on end of it on the inside of the fill connector, and tap the other end of it with a hammer. Do that several times.

That should release the "frozen in place".

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Don't try anything unless your a good distance from any flame or spark.

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Old 09-26-2014, 01:15 PM   #5
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Ah, I'm not so sure that I'd not want to get the whole valve repaired or renewed. I had the unfortunate experience of disconnecting from one that became stuck in the open position. It was not pretty.

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The fill connection has a check valve in it.

Obviously it's some what stuck.

You can try to fix it by taking a blunt stick or so, place on end of it on the inside of the fill connector, and tap the other end of it with a hammer. Do that several times.

That should release the "frozen in place".

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Don't try anything unless your a good distance from any flame or spark.

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It may not be the backflow preventer in the filler valve.

In order for propane to flow into the ASE tank on an Intertate, you need to have the "fixed maximum liquid level gauge" open. This is a screw-type valve with a neoprene disk at the end, and it's not the same as the OPD valve (relief valve). It vents vapor while the liquid propane is flowing into the tank through the filler valve. When liquid propane starts coming out the gauge, you close the gauge and disconnect the fill nozzle.

If the guy filling your tank didn't know to open the fixed maximum liquid level gauge while he was filling the tank, then you should take your business elsewhere. Anyone who is licensed to dispense propane will know what the gauge is and how to use it.
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I went back to another fill station and I asked the guy to make sure the brass relief valve next to the fill valve was open, he told me it was. It was doing the same as the other place and filling really S L O W >> After getting a couple of gallons I asked him to stop < i think he was getting impatient and I have enough for the weekend.
I still need to find out what is wrong though.
Thanks to all for suggestions ..
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Most dealers and fill stations will not fill the old style valve tanks.
It is quick and relatively inexpensive to have it replaced and the tank pressure tested.
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Most dealers and fill stations will not fill the old style valve tanks.
It is quick and relatively inexpensive to have it replaced and the tank pressure tested.
Where would I get this done ?
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Most dealers and fill stations will not fill the old style valve tanks.
It is quick and relatively inexpensive to have it replaced and the tank pressure tested.
The ASME tanks on an Interstate are not "old style." They have OPD valves and everything and meet all current requirements. They're just not removable like DOT cylinders are.
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Inland Andy ID'd the root issue, and I am the type that would follow this particular advice.

But I feel the BEST solution for most people is to have the tank valve replaced, and move on. That way you would not have to constantly revisit the problem.

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Most people don't no but on opd there is a screw on side that you turn it with screw driver will let vapor vent, when full, it is same as old style valves with thumb screw. I used to fill my propane tanks from large cylinder this way as you do not have to pump propane into small tanks. Most places fill to what ever size cyl. you have and chge. full rate that is a ripoff paying for gas you did not get, rather than weigh then fill and only charge for amount they put in.
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Most people don't no but on opd there is a screw on side that you turn it with screw driver will let vapor vent, when full, it is same as old style valves with thumb screw.
On ASME tanks it's separate from the OPD valve, and you don't need a screwdriver to turn it.
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My propane source meters the amount as it goes in the tank. Just pay for the number of gallons that go in the tank.
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