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« on: September 19, 2012, 03:26:00 pm »

If all is working correctly, we are well protected for smoke, carbon monoxide, propane leaks and parasitic drain on the house batteriy(s) during storage.

There is one potential hazard where a propane leak may not be detected by the propane detector. 

We stumbled upon this by first noting the lights on the water pump switches did not light.  Checking the battery cutoff we found two types of cutoff, the ingenious high current relay and a low current line for power to:  the 3 water pump lights through a latching controller, the 4 lights of the holding tank readout, several lights on the propane/CO detector, the porch light and the refrigerator.

The problem is if the low current line fails and if the refrigerator is operated in gas mode, there can be no electric gas ignition or flashing warning on the inoperative refrigerator display. The gas flows through unburned and the propane detector has no power to signal this hazard.

The lesson is: if any of the above listed indicator lights do not work, it would be  a good idea to turn off the propane. 

The solution simple.  Open the converter cover, unscrew the cover plate over the fuses, find the purple 3 A. Fuse (#9).  That fuse is the culprit.  If blown, replace. Check all the lights. If all is working , it is safe to turn on the propane.
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