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Old 02-01-2019, 03:19 PM   #1
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Propane Detector

My propane detector timed out so I made a 40 mile trip to camping world to get a replacement. When I unpacked the new one the date was 3 years old. Now does that mean I'm already down 3years or does the time start when its hooked to the 12 volt system??
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The clock started 3 years ago.
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This depends on who you ask
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Clock starts the day the sensor is mfg.
The sensor has a 'shelf life' and has NO means of detecting whether it is connected to DC or not....circuit bd determines that.
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Old 02-02-2019, 04:47 PM   #5
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I there any way to purchase one and insure a reasonable date???
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I there any way to purchase one and insure a reasonable date???
Open it up at the store and check the MFG date if it is not on the package.
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Bought my last replacement off Amazon. It was 3 months old.
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Okay, so then at what age should a propane detector be replaced? I found one in my 5th wheel (not installed) date of mfg 2003. Nothing about "expiration date or replace by date" on the detector.
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7 years is a good guideline, the ones built after about 2005 or so have an end of life timer built in.
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My propane detector timed out so I made a 40 mile trip to camping world to get a replacement. When I unpacked the new one the date was 3 years old. Now does that mean I'm already down 3years or does the time start when its hooked to the 12 volt system??
Test it with a propane torch, not burning of course. My RV was manufactured in 1999 and the detector was 15 years old when I purchased it and the detector wouldn't detect the gas. I opened up the device and replaced the gas detector part. Worked fine after that. I suspect the detector ages out with time on because it has a heated element in it, not by age.

LP/CO solenoid valve very hot to touch
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Test it with a propane torch, not burning of course. My RV was manufactured in 1999 and the detector was 15 years old when I purchased it and the detector wouldn't detect the gas. I opened up the device and replaced the gas detector part. Worked fine after that. I suspect the detector ages out with time on because it has a heated element in it, not by age.

LP/CO solenoid valve very hot to touch
Newer units have a timer circuit built in and will stop working at the appointed time. It has nothing to do with a heated element.
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As a side note, I replaced my propane with a combo detector for propane and CO. I just thought it was an addition that made sense.
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This is the one I bought - it fit with minor modification.
https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Dual-...-p/66-8742.htm
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As a side note, I replaced my propane with a combo detector for propane and CO. I just thought it was an addition that made sense.
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Did the same, seems logical
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I have a 28 year old sensor in my Beaver that when tripped, actuates an electric shut off valve from the propane tank. When i decided to buy one of these newer sensors... after install it would not actuate the electric shut off anymore... perhaps the beaver sensor was proprietary?
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