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Old 09-01-2006, 07:16 AM   #1
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Propane Tank Noise

Good morning all, I have a strange (or stupid) question about my propane tanks. I just updated them to OPD with new hoses and a new regulator. When I run the refrigerator and the water heater at the same time I hear this noise coming from the tank that sounds like there's a large bee stuck in side buzzing around, when the water heater shuts off, the sound stops. It didn't make the noise before I upgraded, so is this just the norm for these valves when drawing alot of propane, or is there something wrong with the valve, or am I just being paranoid.

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Old 09-01-2006, 09:26 AM   #2
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I have a tank or two that buzzes. The 20 pounder I am using on my gas grill does it. Grill works fine, I am not worried about it.
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Old 09-01-2006, 09:45 AM   #3
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jrk247--- I had the same thing happen this summer --It just about drove me crazy chasing that thing. Ours was a "buz-hum-moan-vibration" that would come and go depending on the amount of propane flowing. To make a long story short I cured my with new hoses. This was a trial and error thing that took me through the replacement of one tank valve, the regulator and both hoses. I couldn't pin it down by sound or feel. After each item was replaced I thought it was fixed only to have it start again. Finally the hoses fixed it. Looking back on it I'm not sure the hoses were bad either but that they were bent at such an angle to cause a partial crimp in them makeing the noise. Our noise started after we were in some extremeely hot weather. I think now the heat may have softened the hoses while kinked and caused this. That said try rotating your tanks so the hoses have as little bend in them as possable and see if this doesn't cure it. -------------Pieman
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My sound's looking like it is more of an annoyance than a real problem, which is good. . The hoses and everything are new, that means alot since it didn't do it before with the old hoses! I'll try moving them around, I just wanted to make sure my tank wasn't going to explode while I'm trying to eat dinner!

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We have one that does the same thing, I took it off our coach, and am using it on our grill now. It gave no problems, other than the groaning noise under heavy gas use.
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quote:My sound's looking like it is more of an annoyance than a real problem

jr---you're right it is anoying. It's not bad untill you open the front window. though slightly anoying the more i listened the more it bugged me.--pieman
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Old 09-01-2006, 03:28 PM   #7
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Yea, mine makes a groaning noise, but only after it has been filled and I lift it on to the trailer.

Oh, that was me.

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Old 09-01-2006, 06:16 PM   #8
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Yea, mine makes a groaning noise, but only after it has been filled and I lift it on to the trailer.

Oh, that was me.

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Sometimes it's tough to tell the difference between the groaning of an Airstream, and the groaning of its owner...
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Fast forward, my propane bottles, regulators have started buzzing. Two days ago the 1 gallon BBQ bottle viberated when I lit the BBQ. Sound went away in a few minitues. Yesterday and this morning the 7 gallon tank makes a humming noise when the furnace comes on. The sound goes away in about 5 minutes. This is something new. All that is changing is our altitude. The tanks were filled at sea level. Two days ago we were at 5,000'. Now we're at 7,000'.

Any ideas on what's happening?
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It may be temperature related. OPD valves have to allow gas to escape when the float valve is closed, and instead of using a backcheck they just have an orifice that allows a reasonable amount of gas to flow but that is small enough to prevent liquid from passing through quickly enough to pose a problem.

If the temperature is warmer than it was when the tanks were filled, it's possible that the float valve is fully closed and the gas has to go through the orifice until the tank is depleted enough to allow the float valve to open.

Hose-related problems may be due to kinking or to something being stuck in the excess flow check valve built into the acme connector.
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Regarding temperature. It was 90 when we filled the bottles. It in the 40s here.
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Every trailer I have owned has done this, if there is a high demand like furnace or hot water heater running. I believe it just the regulator spring moving. It tells me everything is working fine lots of flow and has never worried me.
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I have a 20# propane bottle with a stuck OPD valve. It's been that way since the last time I had it filled. The guy didn't use a scale when he filled it. I thought these tanks could not be over filled. But comparing it to a tank I just had filled, this tank is 4 lbs heavier.
I have banged the tank vertically on a solid surface in hopes it would free the stuck valve.
Opened the valve veerrry slowly. Nothing seems to work. Even opened the vent screw and let it blow for 15 minutes.
Is there anything else I can do before exchanging one full tank for another?
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Some info first: What is the TW marking on the collar of the cylinder?

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