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Old 09-10-2013, 03:50 PM   #1
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Isn't the propane valve supposed to automatically switch over when one tank becomes empty?
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:52 PM   #2
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yes it is. we don't do it on ours as my wife is convinced it leaks that way. Make sure the other tank is full and the valve on it is open.
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:57 PM   #3
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We do not use that feature either I switch manually
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:04 PM   #4
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well other is full and woke up today and fridge says no flame. figure it was time for tank to be empty but it didn't switch over or it could be something else. who knows with all the larger problems I have had already
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and I forgot to add the other tank was open
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:17 PM   #6
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well other is full and woke up today and fridge says no flame. figure it was time for tank to be empty but it didn't switch over or it could be something else. who knows with all the larger problems I have had already
I had this same problem a few weeks ago however it happened during transport. Guessing the flame somehow blew out and wasn't able to reignite. We travelled since then without any issues so I suspect (hope) it was a fluke.
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:10 PM   #7
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I have always run with both tanks open. This way I don't have to worry about running a tank empty in the middle of cooking or in the middle of the night, and having to go switch. I check the flag on the regulator every once in a while, depending on how much I'm using. What's the use of having an automatic switchover regulator if you don't use it. In 11 years of full timing, and many years rving before that, have never had a problem.
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:22 PM   #8
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We always run only one tank of propane at a time. That way when one is empty, we can switch over to the other one and still have sufficient propane until the empty tank is filled.
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The red flag on the regulator tells me when one of the tanks is empty. With the valve open on both tanks, the regulator has switched to the other tank automatically and I don't have to go out and switch. I have never run out of propane.
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well it wasn't the tanks but the fridge lost its flame. any suggestions?
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:09 AM   #11
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Check the 12 volt supply, as even when running on propane the fridge will shut down if it loses the 12 volt supply.
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well it wasn't the tanks but the fridge lost its flame. any suggestions?
Will it light now at all, or is it still not lighting?
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I had to shut it off and let it reset and it fired right up. what causes them to go out? I am running it off propane due extremely to the campground charging 15 cents per kilowatt. one guy here had a 300 dollar bill for month of electric.
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15 cents is cheap. I have paid as much as 22 cents p/kw. but $300 a month doesn't sound right. Our highest was about $150.
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mine was 52 for a week so I switched to propane
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Sometimes the tanks with the OPD will have the valve stick and not let propane through which could have caused the flame to go out when it switched tanks and not relight when it tried. The valve could than have freed itself, but until you reset the frig, it didn't try lighting again. This is all speculation, but I had one of mine stick one time. I don't think it happens too often, but its just one of those fluke things.
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When turning on your tanks open the valve slowly, this will help keep the check valve from checking and reducing the flow out of the cylinder. They designed a check valve in the OPD valve so that in case of the line breaking it checks to slow the flow out of the cylinder- another one of those safety things that creates other issues that there is no fix for. It seems that some valves are more prone to this than others.
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Those prices for electric are way out of line, unless you're running two or three ACs 24/7. We were paying 16 cents in Florida the past two winters running Fridge and Hot Water Heater on electric and using the Convection/Microwave all the time. Used several fans vs running the ACs and our biggest bill for a month was just a tad over $90.00.
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If your dealership did'nt purge lines properly there was probably still air in the line from second tank when it switched over. Also purging was necessary to fill new propane bottles.
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:33 PM   #20
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both were open two weeks ago, and slowly. assuming the tank got low and since it was first time switching over it went out
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