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Old 06-02-2019, 02:37 PM   #1
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Propane alarm

I’ve read about issues with the propane alarm but never had issues until now. I opened all the windows aired it out propane is off. I push the button it goes off a while then starts up again. Does it need to be replaced? Not sure why it is going off? My trailer is a 2017.
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Old 06-02-2019, 03:15 PM   #2
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In our first Escape, the propane alarm lasted less than 2 full seasons. Looks like the reports on life expectancy seem to vary between 2-7 years. It's a relatively cheap fix before moving to other trouble-shooting, IMHO.
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Old 06-02-2019, 03:18 PM   #3
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Some common, non-LP, sources of false alarms include hydrogen gas from house battery charging, and flatulence. Seriously. Try vacuuming the front plate to see if de-dusting makes a difference. And check the date of manufacture on the alarm itself. Probably printed on the back side, accessed by removing from the wall. Even though you have a 2017 trailer, it’s possible you somehow have an even older detector.
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Have you vacuumed the face plate? Instructions call for doing that regularly and wiping the face plate with a damp cloth.
Cost me $70 to replace at six years.
That actual date to be concerned with is the date the detector was installed ( power wired ). That's when the material inside begins to deteriorate ( the normal process when activated ).
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Old 06-02-2019, 03:26 PM   #5
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Never thought of cleaning it cleaning vaccuming doesn’t doesn’t come naturally to me! Thank I will try that !
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Old 06-02-2019, 03:45 PM   #6
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I’ve read about issues with the propane alarm but never had issues until now. I opened all the windows aired it out propane is off. I push the button it goes off a while then starts up again. Does it need to be replaced? Not sure why it is going off? My trailer is a 2017.
The propane alarm is directly wired to the battery so if it senses a low battery, it may start to chirp loudly, but not as loud as the alarm itself. If you don't have a solar set up, simply plugging in the trailer to shore power to charge up the battery might take care of the loud chirping sound.

We have found these propane alarms in the past to be very sensitive and the loud alarm will go off when it detects not only propane but any kind of sprays or chemicals in the air....

Like you did, we push the pause button, then open all the windows, turn on fan, and fan the air around the alarm. Airing out the unit has always worked for us. Hope it works for you, too! Or maybe you just need to charge up your battery?? Good luck!
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Old 06-02-2019, 03:54 PM   #7
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Ok vacuumed it now its green thanks for saving me 70$
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Old 06-02-2019, 03:55 PM   #8
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I was plugged in to shore power
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Old 06-02-2019, 05:47 PM   #9
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We had issues with the propane alarm when it was very windy and the drivers side of the trailer (with the water heater air intake) was pointed into the wind. Probably there was incomplete combustion caused by the high wind.
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Ours reached End Of Life one month after our 21 went off warranty. Reace was kind enough to send me a new one if I paid the shipping, Installed the new one Nov. 2018 and it started chirping on shore power even with the Max fan running a 10% last week. I topped off the batteries with a bit of distilled water. No difference. Propane was not on. I installed this switch to turn detector off when trailer is not occupied. RV mfgs are not allowed to do it. I think the units are just overly sensitive. I mounted it on the wall just above the detector.

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The switch will keep the CG host at bay when we are away for the day.
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