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Old 08-08-2018, 12:16 AM   #1
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Default Carbon Monoxide/Gas Alarm Malfunction?

I have a 2014 Pleasure Way Excel with factory installed SafeTAlert Co2/Gas Alarm. I have not had the gas on for months. However, during working on the RV the past few days, getting ready for a trip, I ran the refrigerator from the house plug, sanitized the fresh water tanks with low concentration of bleach, and flushed and cleaned the hot water tank with vinegar per a couple of UTube videos. I'm mentioning this because other than a wash of the exterior, this is all I did. Over those 2 days the Co2/Gas alarm would go off intermittently and the only way I could shut it off (couldn't do it with the reset button) was to disconnect the battery). Sometimes I would have to leave it disconnected for a bit and then when I plugged it back in no alarm sounded. I drove to the propane dealer and they checked all my lines and said they could not find a leak. I'm thinking maybe I should just buy a house monitor at Walmart and put it in the rig for a few days to see if it goes off--this might indicate that the installed alarm is malfunctioning, though it seems hard to believe since it's not that old.

Just wondering if anyone else had had an issue with this monitor and/or if you have any other ideas of what I should do. Fairly new to RVing by myself so I really appreciate your advice.

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Sounds kind of soon for it to fail, but that intermittent alarm is how it tells you it's time for a replacement. BTW, it's a CO, not CO2 alarm.
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You did not state if you replaced the battery. If you did not then try that first. And use a quality battery like Duracell or Energizer, cheap batteries in a life saving device are not worth the savings.
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Check the alarm's expiration date.

You never know.
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Opps, CO not CO2, can I blame that on auto-correct, nah, that's a fib. Sorry, and thanks for the correction.

I do believe it is hard-wired but I haven't looked for an expiration date. Assume it's easy to find (RV is back in the lot and I'll have to return there to check). I hate to take off for 6 weeks with this as an issue.

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Maybe it was the dog.
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You have to remove the CO alarm to see the expiration date, 2 screws hold it in. You can find replacements on eBay or at any camping store. Just splice in the wires and you should be ready to go. I had to do this on my RV years ago.


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Check the alarm's expiration date.

You never know.
I'm fairly new to the RV thing....and have been learning that a lot of systems just expire....yes, the sensor expired on our rig as well....

Maintenance item.
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Opps, CO not CO2, can I blame that on auto-correct, nah, that's a fib. Sorry, and thanks for the correction.

I do believe it is hard-wired but I haven't looked for an expiration date. Assume it's easy to find (RV is back in the lot and I'll have to return there to check). I hate to take off for 6 weeks with this as an issue.

Thanks again guys.

JoAnne
JoAnne, I did not know there was still an Excel in 2014.

Propane detectors are 12 volt rv powered. CO detectors can be the same or battery powered. I assume your combination detector is down by the floor. There can be advantages to CO being powered by batteries vs 12 volt. Smoke detectors can also becombination smoke/CO and battery powered.

Off for 6 weeks, nice.

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