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Old 11-13-2018, 07:32 AM   #1
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propane safety valve issue

The manual refers to a valve in the system that stops flow of propane to the appliances in the event the flow is too rapid. It is the reason one must open their bottles slowly, else flow will be shut off for a period of time. This function has gotten more tedious over time and now, when switching to a new bottle and opening it slowly, we find ourselves waiting for hours for the propane flow to resume as normal. I suspect that valve is sticking but have no idea where it is located. Any suggestions? Is there any means to lubricate that valve?

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Old 11-13-2018, 07:50 AM   #2
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This link has some good info. Basically they do not recommend working on the tank safety valve.

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Old 11-13-2018, 08:02 AM   #3
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Thanks for the link. If there are repairs needed I will hire a professional. I still would like to hear of others experiences in the matter (is this extraordinary or ordinary?) and know where the valve is.
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I believe the valve is in the large screw-on connector on the end of the pig-tail. I was having a new pig-tail fabricated at a propane shop and was told the valve can sometimes stick and I might free it up by rapping the connector against something solid (the side of the tank).
The delay you describe sounds excessive. After carefully cracking open the valve our propane is ready to go, tho the lines must be bled to remove air.

I can’t explain why bleeding the lines is necessary but it seems to be the “norm”.

I’d suggest getting a replacement to see if that solves your problem.

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