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Old 02-13-2005, 12:33 PM   #1
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Question Gas Problem

I'm not getting any gas in the lines. When I bought the AS in Oct. I turned on the gas and found a huge leak under the trailer. Someone had bottomed out the traler (or hit something) and snagged a line. It was bent and kinked so it was cracked open and leaking gas. I finally got to it last week-end (good weather in Feb. 50 degrees) and repaired the line. Now when I turn on the bottles I don't get anything. Nothing will work. I'd like to get the gas to work so I can find out if the stove, furnace and water heater work. I'm thinking that the regulator might be stuck. Does this sound like a reasonable idea? Do you think that it could have malfunctioned in the last few months without besing used? It is the double tank type with the selector switch and the tank level reader. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 02-13-2005, 03:19 PM   #2
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Your tank has an 'excess flow device' which shuts off if the flow rate is too high.

Try opening the valve slowly, after you repair the bursted tube.
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Also, are you sure that you have gas in the tanks? Check by weight or by pouring hot water on the tank and looking for the "frost line". If you have gas, markdone it probably correct.
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Propane tanks also have an oil in them that over time will settle in your flex rubber lines where they connect to the bottle and to the hard piping. This oil will block a gas flow. Disconnect this line and see if oil will drain out.
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Old 02-13-2005, 09:45 PM   #5
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propane problem

I have a 75 sovereign. My lines were totally blocked where the flex hose screws into the tank. Had to remove it and take it to a shop with a compressed air hose to blow it out. Also,check on your regulator and see where the "arrow" is pointing and make sure it's to the tank that you have already checked to make sure it had gas. I tinkered with mine for a day before finding out the lines were clogged. after opening, everything worked fine. Also, if you have the older-type tanks, go to a propane dealer. The dealer should have screw-in adaptors with the new type fitting. they cost about $10 each, much cheaper than a new retrofit. You also can use either your old flex hose or the new type plastic screw-on hose.
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