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  1. movan

    movan Funster Life Member

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    Sorry if a daft question, but I am a solo traveller and very seldom use my cooker ... only for the kettle for coffee and tea really. The fridge is also gas and I am going through a cyclinder (6kg) about every ten days....

    What is the routine for checking for a gas leak please? (Simple words)

    Thank you.
     
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    Soapy water on joints in the pipework and look for bubbles, you can also but gad leak detector spray in cans, can you smell gas anywhere? Although I don't think using that amount of gas given your using it to boil a kettle and your fridge is on permanently is that bad.
     
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    Bill said You need a preassure test done Joy by Ash or someone local to you .
     
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    How do you heat your water Joy?
    If it is with gas 6kg every 10 days is not too bad depending on fridge size. As iandsm said soapy water in an atomiser bottle, spray the joints and look for bubbles.
     
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    hi joy, does seem to be excessive usage for what you are running.. suppose it depends on how much you are boiling the kettle lol.. if that's all you are using gas for
    if you could get a bottle of leak detector spray and get someone to check the system with that from cylinder connections right through to the appliances.. if you cant get the spray soapy water would do
    ta andy...
    ps hope you get it sorted, and all is good
     
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    Hello Joy

    I also suspect water heating could well be your big user and it has been cold lately have you only been using electric heating?

    I also think, like already said you would probably smell a leak, gas has an awful pong
     
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    Hob cooking with gas, fridge on gas when stopped (12v otherwise) and water heated at night means 0.5 kilos of gas used a day. This has proved consistent over many years and motorhomes.
     
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  8. movan

    movan Funster Life Member

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    Not needed heating on and not heated the water even as camped down south near daughter and using her house for a shower and washing clothes... Just fridge and water for kettle when I am in the van ... about four kettles a day that is. Looks like I just misjudged my expenses on the motor home then :(

    Thanks all... and I will do the soapy test that you all say ... xx
     
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    Take your MH to a professional who can test your system. DON'T mess around with gas.
     
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    Joy as said above if it's just fridge and 4 kettles water a day I'd say you are loosing gas .. can't see the fridge using more than 250gm a day..so I doubt the kettle 4 times or so a day could account for the 3.5kg gas ..get someone to check it...
    Ta andy
     
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    Speaking as one blonde to another:
    Get it checked by a "man who knows".
    You know it makes sense ;)
     
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    on our van we found the fridge is the biggest gas chomper! turn water heater off when not in use.
     
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    We. Used a 6 kg cly. Cooker used occasionally , hot water on all the time ( better than switching on/off constantly) fridge, large with freezer.
    Put on brand new when we left and is still going strong after 15 days
     
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    agree with this. We just accidentally left ours on gas instead of automatic and for the first time got through 13kg bottle in 2 weeks - no heating, and occasional water as used campsites mainly. this is more than we got through skiing!
     
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    In that case Joy I think you may have a problem :( as it does seem a bit excessive. Best get it checked out if you can although, as others have said, I'm sure you would smell it if there was a leak.
    Let us know how you get on.
     
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    Excessive gas use is almost never a leak, a leak using that much gas would be very smelly, unless outside and blown away by the wind. I think it's the fridge, what is the thermostat set to?
    We got through a camping gaz cylinder in a weekend with water fridge and cooker ( heating is oil)
     
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    I'd say that your gas consumption is about right....

    We use 0.4 to 0.8 kg's a day including gas hob and hot water once a week (y)
     
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    We usually use 1 litre of gas a day (approx half a kg) when on holiday just cooking at tea-time, boiling kettle for a few cuppas and having the fridge on for part of the day, if you have your fridge on gas all the time then I think you might NOT actually have a problem however if you want to be sure get it checked out.

    Oh... forgot to say ... you do have to CLOSE the fridge door ... you can't leave it open to cool the van!:D
     
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    Darn it.... that's what I'm doing wrong!!!! But it's the only way to save leccy as it lights up too.. :(
     
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    Btw forgot to say that while away did one VW rally "Camper Jam" and two MHF rallies, Cheshire steam rally and the one at Hartlepool, no electric on any of them !! solar and 3 large batteries.
     
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