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Old 11-29-2013, 08:37 PM   #15
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I have just recently purchased an Airstream and I keep the gas furnace set at 45 degrees while in my yard during cold weather. In the last few days I have had a "Fault" alert on the LP gas detector. I do not know what this means but I have ordered a really good combustible gas test meter. It was expensive but so is my life. I have invested a lot of myself and my money to have great retirement years. The LP gas test meter is costing me just under $200. But isn't my life worth a whole lot more? We all have to make decisions on how we spend our money. Nobody else can tell you how to do that. This gas leak detector can be used both on my Airstream and my home. I have three gas appliances in my RV and also in my home. Do any of you ever have the "Fault" alarm on and if so, what causes it?
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:00 PM   #16
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Save your money for now. Turn the heater and all other gas units off and leave the off for a day while the tanks are left on. After a day go to the tanks and turn one on, make sure the selector valve is open the that tank. If you hear gas move as the valve is open you have a leak in the system. If not I doubt a gauge will tell you anything more.

Leaving the heater on, even in Al., all winter will be a costly venture.

If you turn the heater on on those nights that it will go below 28 degrees and remain below freezing for the following day and night you should be OK.

The trailer has quite a thermal mass and it really take a while to pull all the heat out of the trailer to the point of freezing.
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:05 PM   #17
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None at working pressure.

Use something like Big Blue leak detector spray to find it.

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Big Blu sounds good. I've always relied on dish soapy water, but this stuff sounds even better. I agree that NO leak is the only acceptable result.
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:47 PM   #18
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I have just recently purchased an Airstream and I keep the gas furnace set at 45 degrees while in my yard during cold weather. In the last few days I have had a "Fault" alert on the LP gas detector. I do not know what this means but I have ordered a really good combustible gas test meter.

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Do any of you ever have the "Fault" alarm on and if so, what causes it?
Welcome to the forums!

Before you get too far, you need to read the owners manual for your LP gas detector or, if you don't have a manual, see if you can find one online or call the manufacturer. I suspect that a "fault" indication means that the gas detector has failed its internal self-test and is telling you that it's not working right.

If I remember correctly our LP gas detector has four possible states,

  1. Normal - detector working and not detecting gas - flashing green LED
  2. Low battery voltage - intermittent beeping and flashing red LED
  3. Malfunction - intermittent beeping and flashing yellow LED
  4. ALARM - gas detected - horn blowing continuously (loud enough to wake the dead!) and red LED.
We have seen 3 of these 4 conditions at one time or another - normal, low voltage, and ALARM. If your LP gas detector is detecting gas, it will let you know! (We accidentally left the oven pilot on, but not lit.)
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In the last few days I have had a "Fault" alert on the LP gas detector.
That happened to me just this morning in my Interstate. Must have kicked it or something. But there is a "test" button on mine that also functions as a reset switch. Press and hold until the normal green light comes back on, and good to go.
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:26 AM   #20
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My indicator was number 3 on Nuvite-F's list. I did the reset by pressing in on the test button. I will get a butane lighter and test to see if it can sniff gas.
I am a retired repair technician so I like the test equipment approach to problems. I have testers to test about everything. From the megger to test your ground rod connection to the surrounding dirt to about everything else you can imagine. I even have the vacuum tube tester I purchased in the sixties, still works, even still have an assortment of vacuum tubes. If you know someone who collects old vacuum tube radios I could be their best friend! So I am looking forward to using my new gas leak tester when it arrives! I hope it is a waste of money! Like the money we all spend on smoke detectors for our homes and RVs. We always hope that is a waste of money. That we will never hear them in the middle of the night! I will post here if I find even the minutest leak with the handy dandy tester! This is the one: General Tools NGD8800 Combustible Gas Leak Detector.
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:11 AM   #21
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I did find a small gas leak at a joint near the control valve of the furnace. It seems to be dry joint compound causing it. Took the joint apart and re-did using yellow Teflon tape.
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