How to Test An RV Propane Detector? (Easy Steps to Follow)

Testing a detector is an important part of checking how well it works. An RV propane detector is very useful because it can detect carbon monoxide in RVs.

To make sure the propane detector works properly, I suggest you test every third day.

Let’s read the guide which helps you to test the RV propane detector.

Note: Every detector has one method to test. Because every RV propane detector is different. If your detector matches my detector then apply these methods to test your propane detector.

How To Test The RV Propane Detector?

  • Testing the detector is so simple. Most RV propane detectors have a test button. When you press the test button for one second, the detector light will change. If the detector light changes from green to red, then it is working properly. Models differ as well.
  • There is no expiration date on most alarms. If your alarm does expire, then you can either change it on your own or hire a professional.
  • Check the gas also with your propane detector if it has the capability to test gas. To test the gas sensor of your detector, use propane or butane gas.

Note: It is extremely important to change your detector as soon as it does not detect gas and does not change light.

How Can I Find Out If There is a Gas Leak?

A propane leak is most easily detected by its smell. Some propane makers add a chemical to make it smell like rotten eggs, but propane itself doesn’t have an odor. There is a possibility that a gas leak may appear as a whistling or hissing sound near the gas line.

Problems You Face in RV Propane Detector During Camper:

Camping in a camper will lead to these issues if your propane detector is not properly maintained.

Detector Keeps Beeping After Every 15 to 30 Seconds:

When the lifespan end of the detector then your detector keep beeping after 15 to 30 second. You should also check the battery before replacing the detector, as low batteries can be a cause of the beeping.

If There is no Gas, the Alarm Will not Warm-Up:

You will get the defective unit of the detector. Change it as soon as possible and fit the new propane detector in your RV.

The Indicator Light is Not On:

Low battery or electricity is the cause of this problem. Replace your detector if the light goes out again after providing good electricity or a new battery.

Light Sounds are not Audible During Testing:

It is possible that your RV detector is defective if there is no light sound. Replace it and install it in your RV.

Alarms Go off During Night, Why?

Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Smoke Detectors frequently go off in the middle of the night for the following reasons. Cold temperatures from 2 a.m. onwards cause the resistance to increase, and that’s why the detector cannot detect due to low power. Consequently, a low battery signal is sent by the detector.

Check out full guide on Why Does RV Propane Detector Keep Going Off?

Are Farts a Source of Carbon Monoxide?

In 10% of the cases, gas expelled during flatulence has a slight smell. For example, hydrogen sulfide emits a foul odor. Almost all of the gas we exhale is composed of nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and methane.

Are There Any Steps to Resetting an RV Propane Alarm?

Yes, Follow these steps! Disconnect the power source. Disconnect the propane detector. Disconnect the wires from the detector. You should now be able to re-wire the alarm. Replace the false alarm detector. Make sure it works.

How to Maintain Your Propane Detector?

Here are some tips for maintaining your propane detector:

  • Weekly testing is recommended.
  • Verify the color of the detector’s indicator light periodically.
  • Make sure the detector cover is cleaned and vacuumed every week.
  • If there is any dust, remove it with the vacuum’s soft brush attachment and handwash it with a damp cloth or paper towel.
  • Avoid using detergents, solvents, or waxes to clean. You might damage the sensor permanently.
  • It is not advisable to paint propane detectors because paint may block vents and interfere with the sensors.
  • An aerosol shouldn’t be sprayed near the detector.

Symptoms of Propane Gas Leak:

Gas leaks are obvious by their smell. Manufacturers often add a chemical to propane so that the gas has a “bad” smell. Hessing and whistling close to the gas line are also signs of a gas leak.


Do RV propane detectors go bad?

Propane detectors are designed to sense the level of propane in the tank, they are not designed to go bad. So if your propane company has done a good job at installing the sensor, propane detector should not go bad.

I would recommend you to check the wiring and sensor with a multimeter before replacing the propane detector. If you have an Open or Short circuit, then it would make sense to replace the propane detector.

How do you test a propane leak detector?

There are two ways you can test a leak detector. It is either by placing it around the propane tank and try in detecting the propane odor or it is by using the chemical method.

To use the chemical method, you need to take a propane container, add chemical to it, if the chemical turns color, you have propane leak.

How long do RV propane detectors last?

Most of RV propane detectors are designed to last for up to 3 years. But if you find that your detector is not working as good as it was before, you can always replace it with a new one.

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