Furnace not getting Propane?

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  1. Jan 16, 2020 #1

    Trent C

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    The problem: Our furnace will turn on when set and then sporatically turn off and stay off for a couple hours before turning back on.

    Our furnace has a safety mechanism, where if it doesn't get the gas to lite after 3 attempts, it will shut-off for 2 hours.

    My theory is that when we use another appliance or fixture that pulls gas, like the tankless water heater, it is starving the furnace which shuts it down.

    When we bought the house, there was a meter at the entry with 2 split lines coming from it into the house.

    We were told we probably didn't need it and could remove to clean up that area. So we had it removed and just split the line straight from the shutoff valve into the two lines going into the home.

    Could the meter(if that's what that was) have been regulating the gas to keep constant flow to furnace while supplying gas to hot water heater as needed? should we install some fixture to regulate at this entry or should the furnace be getting a constant flow in this set up? any help is appreciated.
     
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    Did the gas company take away the meter? I would call them first and make sure everything is alright. Not sure if your on
    medium or low pressure as I don't see a regulator. The gas company can check your pressure to make sure it is correct. If
    it is then you will probably have to call a service man for the furnace.
     
  3. Jan 17, 2020 #3

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    They didn't. When we switched to this propane company, they found a pin hole leak at the valve. And we decided to just remove the meter when we had the leak fixed at there suggestion since we thought it was redundant also having a meter at the tank.
     
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    Sorry Trent I forgot you are on propane. Is there a regulator someplace outside. We always installed the regulator outside of
    the house and then the propane company ran their line from the tank to the regulator.
     
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    trent
    have you changed the filter?
    some units will shut off because of low air flow
    can you help us out with the name and model of the heat unit?

    some newer models have a led light by the controls. and it blinks when the unit turns on
    if there is a problem count the blinks. and look in the owner's manual
    to find out how many blinks is what problem
     
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    Thanks much for your Replies Tom. That could be the problem, the line comes from the tank directly to the house main shutoff valve and then split into the two lines going into the house. I don't see any regulator on the line. Would the meter we removed possibly have one in it? It's been several months now, but I don't recall us having this issue prior to removing it.
     
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    Thanks Frodo, I did replace the intake filter about 2 weeks ago. When it shuts-off, it does so for exactly 3 hours. We have confirmed that it shuts-off when the hot water is run and when the clothes dryer is run. If we turn the thermostat to off prior to running hot water/running dryer, we're able to turn it on immediately after. So, my uneducated guess is that it appears to have something to do with the flow to the Furnace.

    The unit booklet says - ICP (International Comfort Products) Model R8MSL *A2/R8MSN*A2
     
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    I have never seen a meter used on a propane system, anyhow, you seem to have inadequate line supply/pressure. I think you need a HVAC person with test equipment. Do you have your own tank, does it have enough gas in it?
     
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    A couple plumbers that we've had out thought the meter may have been for a tenant that some previous owners may have had upstairs. I called the propane company who came out today and checked the regulator at the tank. it was 20 years old, so they replaced it and things seem to be back in order.

    Thanks all for your input.
     
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