Replacing Your Propane Tank 101
Your propane tank offers quite a bit of assistance to you and your home. From outdoor cooking to drying your laundry and outdoor fire pits; you will probably have a difficult time functioning without your tank. There are several common residential tanks and they all have slightly different uses within your home. In order to keep an efficient functioning tank, you must understand that there is more to it than just checking for low fuel. Keep these energy-saving tips in mind for maintaining a healthy fuel tank.
Common residential sizes of propane tanks and their common use
Propane tanks come in various sizes from 100 pounds to 1,000 gallons. The 500 gallon tanks, for example, are beneficial to larger homes that have a furnace fireplace, gas hot water heaters, and are often used to fuel more than one appliance. This tank is generally placed above ground. The 100 pound tank is use for drying clothes and cooking. This common tank sits above ground as well, taking up very little space. Remember, aside from the furnace, in just one year dryers can use 15-25 gallons of propane and hot water heaters range from 200-300 a year depending on the size of your family.
When caring for your propane tank
Take note that after periods of time in the sun, the tank will get rusty in color and will slowly absorb the heat and cause excess pressure buildup inside the tank. This will cause the relief valve to pop up or not seal entirely, eventually leading to gas leakage and the valve will then need to be replaced. This also presents more unseen problems leading to a faulty tank that will unnecessarily need to be replaced. Homeowners can avoid this problem by painting the tank a reflective color so the sun’s heat doesn’t damage. Don’t let your tank run out of gas. Fire explosions are just one of the major hazards attached to this should you wait until it’s empty to fill it. Again, if the valve is left open, this could lead to air and moisture being trapped inside, causing the tank to fill while rust can build up inside.
Repair when needed
Should your tank need minor repairs, you should be well-equipped to handle the job. State law requires constant maintenance of propane tanks for safety reason. If a tank is considered beyond repair, it will be taken out of service immediately. Replacing the tank parts should only take place when the tank is empty. These parts replacements jobs would include the parts of the service valve and float assembly of percentage gauge as well as filling or relieving the valve. However, you do not have to empty the tank for maintenance such as leveling and painting (depending on the size of tank), tightening thread valves, tightening dial screws and dial chamber of leaky percentage gauge, and pigtail or regulator replacement. No matter what size or type of propane tank you have, let a professional help you with the details.
When you need to replace your tank
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your propane tank, you should immediately contact your local gas company. Anything gas related needs to be address right then. So, how do you know when it’s time to change your tank? By law, when your tank is at least 12 years old, you need to replace it because it can no longer be filled. Whether you know or do not know the age of your tank, call a professional for assistance. They know the steps to safely replace your propane tank, no matter the size.
At Elite Gas, we don’t just deliver and install your tank; we take great care in how you settle for the days to come. We expect concerns and questions regarding your tank and would be happy address them. Call us today for estimates and information on your propane tank installation.