Using a propane tank to power various aspects of your home is great—however, winter can be rough on the tank. The problem isn’t so much that the propane will freeze, although it can happen at around -44°F. The problem is that you’ll lose pressure in lower temperatures. Fortunately, there are ways to combat this, which we’ll detail for you in this guide on how to keep your propane tank protected during the winter.
Put It in a Safe Place
If you haven’t installed your propane tank yet, then there’s still time to put it in a spot that will keep it safer from harsh winter weather. Since these tanks must be kept outside the only option you have is to bury yours underground. It’ll be safe from harsh winds and damaging ice formations.
Clear It Off Whenever You Can
If your tank is already installed and above ground, it’s not the end of the world. As long as you regularly clear away any snow that forms on top of or next to it, it’ll be fine, and the propane won’t freeze. Removing the source of the cold will help warm it up, and exposing it to the sun will make a big difference as well.
Don’t Let It Run Dry
Since most issues your tank will encounter will be pressure-related, the best thing we can suggest on how to keep your propane tank protected during the winter is to ensure its overall gas level never goes under 30 percent. Avoid this by getting an electronic gauge installed on your tank. You can check its status with your phone. Setting up automatic deliveries is also an option f you don’t want to worry about it yourself.
Avoid Overworking It
The tank’s overall pressure is heavily affected by how much it gets used. Although it won’t be easy, avoid using your propane too much. Turn on appliances that use it only when you must. Turn the heat down on days when you don’t need it as much. Any propane you can save will help your tank make it through the winter without any problems.