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    Posted: 09 May 2018 at 1:18pm
If your "canned air" is the Costco Dust Off variety, the compressed gas is NOT AIR but "difluoroethane", a greenhouse chlorofluorocarbon.  Just saying, Dust Off is not air.
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You are correct that alarm sensors can deteriorate.  There is no real time limit for how long your units will last.  I have had fire, Carbon Monoxide, and propane dectectors go off way before their stamped replacement dates.  Replacing them has always alleviated the problem.  But, don't just cut/remove an alarm without replacing them.  All that bouncing of the Pod can cause eventual wear on the furnace and propane lines.  Better to spend a few dollars replacing the alarms than betting that you can get out while the Pod is aflame or gases are suffocating you or you loved ones.
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Update: installed the new propane detector, and haven't had any problems since. So, it seems to have been a contaminated sensor, not a leak.

I read around a bit more after I'd ordered the new one and found that a can of compressed air will sometimes take care of a contaminated sensor. Oh well, what's done is done.
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Originally posted by Ratdog Ratdog wrote:

Originally posted by pentachris pentachris wrote:


I've read around a bit more online and apparently LP detectors that are hyper-sensitive to lots of things (including gases other than propane) are not uncommon. Some folks have reported that flatulent dogs sleeping near them will set them off. Others say that when theirs starts to go off, they know their propane tank is almost empty.
 
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Yep, I might have to put in an on/off switch with 170lbs of flatulent dogs sleeping right above the dang thing...

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Originally posted by pentachris pentachris wrote:

Mine has a production date, not an expiration date. It says it was made in February of last year.

I've read around a bit more online and apparently LP detectors that are hyper-sensitive to lots of things (including gases other than propane) are not uncommon. Some folks have reported that flatulent dogs sleeping near them will set them off. Others say that when theirs starts to go off, they know their propane tank is almost empty.

I tested my battery to make sure it wasn't a low battery alarm. 13.21V with the leads disconnected. I made an interesting discovery: gravity was the only thing holding my battery on the frame. It's worked well until now, but I won't rest easy until I've strapped it down from here on.

Also just tested the "tank's almost empty" theory. Tare weight of the tank is 18 lbs. My bathroom scale says it currently weighs 29-30 lbs. So, it's a little low, but not almost empty. We use very little propane during the summer, so this should last us until October, when we might need to run the heater a little when we camp.
 
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No, there's no battery; it's hard-wired. I wouldn't think gasoline fumes outside would cause it to go off unless they were within a few feet of your camper, and then only if the gas sat there unburned for a while.
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Mine has a production date, not an expiration date. It says it was made in February of last year.

I've read around a bit more online and apparently LP detectors that are hyper-sensitive to lots of things (including gases other than propane) are not uncommon. Some folks have reported that flatulent dogs sleeping near them will set them off. Others say that when theirs starts to go off, they know their propane tank is almost empty.

I tested my battery to make sure it wasn't a low battery alarm. 13.21V with the leads disconnected. I made an interesting discovery: gravity was the only thing holding my battery on the frame. It's worked well until now, but I won't rest easy until I've strapped it down from here on.

Also just tested the "tank's almost empty" theory. Tare weight of the tank is 18 lbs. My bathroom scale says it currently weighs 29-30 lbs. So, it's a little low, but not almost empty. We use very little propane during the summer, so this should last us until October, when we might need to run the heater a little when we camp.
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Mine has also started going off. I am assuming there is not a battery in it. When it went off I had not turned on the gas yet. I was actually  getting the air out of the water faucet. I was wonder if another camper had put  gas on their fire. Would that make it go off? I am going camping fro 7 days next week. I will let you know.
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