Gas leak - Is changing hose first step?

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  1. themountaintiger

    themountaintiger Read Only Funster

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    Hi all

    Got a gas leak. No smell whatsoever in hab area, but its being used too quickly based on previous use. I've read on here that it might be an issue with the hose from bottle to regulator. Is this something I could change myself or is a gas engineer required to do it?

    If the replacement hose doesn't solve the issue, could it be the regulator? Is that something I can replace?

    Thanks for any responses...

    T
     
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    1st step will be to check all connections are tight is this a gasit alugas system or a normal calor
     
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    It's quite simple to change the hose. After all it's almost what's involved when you change over cylinders. Just a matter of swapping one for the other. The metal reinforced replacement hoses have a longer life span than the plain rubber ones. Of course it could be a problem elsewhere in the system but that is the easiest place to start.

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    buy some gas spray or mix some fairy liquid with water spary on all pipes joints etc if it bubbles theres your leak.
     
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    Mix up some water and soap, apply it to all valves, joints and hoses with a sponge.
    Then look for the bubbles!

    There is no point in guessing where a leak might be. Look first, there might not even be a leak!
     
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    Calor system, i will try the bubble solution first.
     
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    Doesn't really sound like a leak to me, if it's going that fast you notice a change in use age there has got to be a smell somewhere, are you sure it's not just having the heating on more with this cold we've had , soon eats into your gas.
     
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    If your fridge on? We went through a bottle in record time last summer as the fridge was using more gas than usual due to us putting items on the floor of the cupboard immediately above the fridge and it went into overdrive.
     
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    Not more usage based on previous history. I seem to be getting through a 6kg calor bottle in 3 weekends away.. (off ehu). I've not been doing anything differently like leaving gas fire on overnight so to speak..
     
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    Yes fridge is on. Not sure about this one. fridge going into overdrive. I'm thinking do the easiest thing first.. i.e. check the hose to calor bottle and if thats ok, time to get fridge/gas serviced I think.
     
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    Gas is heavier than air ... therefore if a leak is on a pipe outside the locker or Hab area then it may drift off in the wind and no apparent smell would be had........ but gas smell is very distinctive and apparent and you would sense it, even a small leak if you had the van in a garage/shed should be sensed. The bubble test is good and should show it even if the leak is small. I have in the past pressurised the system and left overnight to see if the pressure drops but you require equipment to perform the test.
    Hope you get it sorted soon..... assuming you have an issue.
     
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    Are you sure the bottle was actually full to start with, no garauntee, plus don't know what you use it for but we can empty a 6 kg bottle in a week , just the two of us , cooking water heating fridge, and heating if it's cold.
     
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    Check the outside wall where the fridge vent comes out of the mh - ours was warm / hot due to the excess amount of heat being generated.
     
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    I agree it doesn't sound like a leak to me either, normally you can smell very small leaks.
    If the fridge has a nice clean blue flame & it is cooling OK it probably OK.
    We seem to use more gas every year and I can't work out why, last September got through 26Lt in 2½ weeks, didn't think we used the heating much. Was the first time we had used the new van for longer periods in our case I blame the Dometic 8 series fridge sure it uses a lot more gas than the 7 series, lot bigger flame & sounds like a furnace.
     
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    I believe I've had this issue with last 4 bottles from different retailers. At first id thought id got one that wasn't full as it was a calor gas lite replacement due to recall. Sort of forgot about it till 2nd then 3rd bottle used quickly. Interestingly my 3 weekends away per bottle isn't far off your usage. is it all in my head? Need to get washing up liquid out..
     
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    ok ill check this
     
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    We've just returned from a tour of Mull and used approx 6kg of gas for the fridge, cooking and a little water and air heating over 10 days.
     
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    It doesn't sound too excessive to me, in 2 weekends away, we burned through a 6kg! Wife does like to be toasty warm though, so heating left on low through the night, and cooking a roast in the oven on a Sunday.

    To answer the original question though, changing the pipe is dead easy, the rubber stuff is not that expensive, and can be picked up by the metre in most BBQ sales places. As others have mentioned, you may want to go braided steel to improve lifespan?
     
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