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High Pitched Humning Noise

There is a high pitched humming noise coming from around the propane tank, I have checked the connection and it is TIGHT, have you heard of a problem like this?

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It is the regulator trying to vent off with a restriction. As long as it is working it will be ok to use but I imagine its days are numbered.

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