We Can Fix Your RV’s LP Gas Issues!
So, you’ve finally finished getting your RV hooked up and stabilized. You decide it’s time for a cup of hot cocoa and some freshly baked brownies. No problem, pull out the premade brownie mix and the kettle and turn on the stove and the oven to preheat.
Before you can even sit down, you notice a problem. It could be that the stove or oven didn’t light, the flames are flickering and the wrong color, or worse yet, you could smell gas! Don’t panic. Turn off the burner and the oven and start troubleshooting to determine if you need RV LP gas repair.
Troubleshooting LP Gas Problems
No Flame, No Gas Smell
If nothing happens when you try to light the stove or oven, there are no flames and no gas smell, there are three likely problems. One is that you failed to connect or open the gas valve, and this is an issue you can safely fix yourself. Check to ensure the connection is secure and the valve is turned on.
Another possible cause of this problem is that your LP gas canister is empty. Hopefully, you have another one with you. If not, a trip to a local grocery or convenience store is needed.
The third possibility is that the excess flow valve on your regulator has determined there is a gas leak and shut the flow of gas down. This could be caused by a check valve failure or an actual leak. Sometimes, if there is a sudden demand for gas, like if the refrigerator kicks on at the same time as the heater and you happen to be cooking, the excess flow valve will misinterpret that as a leak and shut off the flow of gas. Turn off unnecessary gas draws and see if the problem fixes itself. You may have a faulty excess flow valve or an actual leak if it doesn’t. In these cases, it would be best to have a professional determine the cause of the shut-off.
Little or No Flame With Gas Smell
If you turn on the burner and the flame sputters or does not ignite, and you smell gas, this is a more serious problem. The most likely cause of this is a hole in the diaphragm or other problem with the regulator’s seals. Unless you have the proper equipment and knowledge of how the regulator works, this is a fix best left to the professionals.
Flame Varies in Size and Color
If you light the burner and the flame bounces up and down or changes color, there is likely a problem with the regulator. The flame should burn steadily without sputtering, and it should be blue. Again, this is an issue best left to the professionals.
Flame is Fine but Smells of Gas
If your burner lights just fine and maintains a steady burn, but you smell gas, this is probably due to a leak in the hose that transports the gas from the tank to the stove. This is an easy fix if you carry spare hoses with you. Please do not attempt to fix the leak with duct tape or other sealants if you do not. Contact a certified professional to have the leak fixed safely.
If you hear crackling or popping noises when you turn on the burner or shortly after it is turned off, this can also be a sign of a problem with the regulator. Repairing this issue requires installing a new regulator, so you may want to leave this to the professionals unless you have the tools and know-how.
Who To Call
It is easy to say, “contact a certified professional.” It may not be as easy to do if you don’t know where to look. RV Care Pros has just the professional RV repair people you are looking for, and they are a mobile RV service operation. You won’t have to go through the hassle of disconnecting your RV to take it to the repair shop; they will come to you.
RV Care Pros will bring all of the equipment, including hoses, sealants, regulators, and the skills needed to fix any LP gas issue. The folks at RV Care Pros can help you with many of the other problems you may encounter while traveling.
Did your refrigerator go on the blink? They can help. Did your roof develop a leak during the last rainstorm? Give them a call; they can fix it. Are there problems with your hot water heater, awning, fresh water or sewage tanks, air conditioning, or heat? They can help you with these and so many more RV issues. If you have problems that do not need immediate repair or need general maintenance, they can help with that too with their on-site seasonal repair.