Colder Weather is finally here and it’s about that time to start preparing your home and your propane tank for cooler weather. Even though propane gas does not freeze, you do have to watch for pressure drops which can cause problems with powering your home. Read more for some tips on maintaining your propane tank in Col
Colder Weather and Your Tank
Propane tank pressure is extremely important when maintaining your tank. Propane can only freeze at -44 degrees Fahrenheit, not a likely problem you will face, however you still need to monitor the pressure when temperature changes. You can follow these tips to ensure your propane tank is working properly during Colder Weather.
- Keep an eye on your tank- Watch your tank’s pressure level on the meter when temperatures start to drop. It is advisable to refill your tank once it reaches half in colder months to avoid losing heat in your home and having to resort to an emergency fill.
- Make an annual maintenance appointment– it is good practice to have your tank regularly inspected to ensure all components are in good condition. This will prevent minor emergencies.
- Make sure your tank if filled BEFORE bad weather
- Upgrade your tank to a programmable thermostat- This updated device can help you control the temperature when you’re home or away. Lowering the heat a few degrees throughout the day can help you save money on energy costs. It also puts less wear on your propane tank, so it can last through the cold winter. Consider investing in a smart thermostat to change the temperature from your mobile device.
- Limit your hot water use
- If you suspect a gas leak call your supplier immediately
- Invest in a gas detector
- DO NOT try to heat your tank yourself- if your tank is cold, avoid trying to heat it yourself. Using an open flame or an electrical device with extreme heat can damage propane tanks. If the storage unit doesn’t have enough pressure to heat your house, call a technician to inspect and repair it.