New Propane Tank Leaking When Valve Opened

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Old 06-24-19, 07:18 PM
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New Propane Tank Leaking When Valve Opened

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I just swapped out an empty Blue Rhino tank for a full one. After connecting it to the regulator (nice and tight), when I open the valve on the tank - **whoosh** - propane comes blasting out at full force from the tank. If I disconnect the regulator and try opening the tank, nothing happens.

What is the probable cause for this? A bad regulator or a bad tank?
 
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Old 06-24-19, 08:03 PM
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"Nice and tight" would signify a regulator with a nut that gets tightened as opposed to a quick release fitting. If it is a nut type fitting it should purge propane with the regulator unattached.

It's pretty common to get a defective valve on a refurb tank.....especially Blue Rhino.
I would take the tank back for exchange.
 
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You say "whoosh" but didn't tell us where or even if it is leaking. Anytime you connect a new device there is the possibility of a "whoosh" at first as the regulator and hoses get filled.
 
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The "whoosh" feels like it is coming from either the back of valve on the tank or where the regulator and the value connect. And by whoosh, I mean a steady flow of propane gas whooshing out (pee-yew) that doesn't stop until I close the valve.

I sent a note to Blue Rhino this morning and they seem to agree this is a potentially a defective valve, so I will need to go swap it out for another one.
 
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It is possible the gas is escaping around the valve stem. You could feel it blowing out anywhere around the knob and you'd certainly smell it. Since it's a Blue Rhino you should certainly exchange it for a fresh tank hopefully at no charge to you.
 
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