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    Default Propane Tank Regulator Freezing

    We decided to ditch our hot water tank for a tank-less hot water system. We are heating it by propane. At the end of last winter we had a problem with the tank-less system burning out on us. The contractor thought it was a problem with the regulator so he put it in a new one. This didn't work and the system started leaking water. It was under warranty so we replaced it. Two weeks later it wasn't working. He said the condensation was causing the regulator to freeze. His solution was pour water over it to thaw and this worked. It is inconvenient to get up every really cold winter morning at 6:00 a.m. to do this!

    My father-in-law says the regulator they put on is from California where they don't experience -4F weather, we need to change it with one made for cold winters. Is this a possibility?

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    Default Re: Propane Tank Regulator Freezing

    Dad may be right but it wouldn't hurt to ask a local (equally aged) plumber.

    Sounds like you have a tiny gas leak causing the freeze up.

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    Default Re: Propane Tank Regulator Freezing

    Maybe keeping the regulator warm with a heating pad will help?

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    Default Re: Propane Tank Regulator Freezing

    They also sell heater tape which keeps the pipes from freezing.

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    Default Re: Propane Tank Regulator Freezing

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRemodeler View Post
    Dad may be right but it wouldn't hurt to ask a local (equally aged) plumber.

    Sounds like you have a tiny gas leak causing the freeze up.
    They checked for a gas leak and said there was nothing. You're right, we may have to ask another plumber to check it out since the original guy insists that it's fine. Winter is coming again so I want it fixed before it gets too cold. I'm thinking they didn't have many regulators at the shop when they came to fix it and now won't admit they put the wrong one on.

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