If you’re the proud new owner of a propane gas tank, you might be wondering what to do when the gas runs out and the tank goes bad. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place for answers. We’ve put together a guide on when to service and replace your propane tank as well as some bonus tips on how to prolong its lifespan.
When To Service
The key thing to know about propane tanks is that you should never let them become completely empty. Doing that can damage them. Luckily, there are two ways to avoid this. The first is to use a wireless tank monitoring system to track how much fuel is left.
The other way is to sign up for automatic deliveries. This is when a company schedules routine visits to top off your tank for you. If this is a service you’re interested in, when we’re not installing new tanks, our company operates as a propane fuel delivery service. Check out our rates and all that we offer through the program.
When To Replace
Even though propane doesn’t have an expiration date, the tanks unfortunately do. They last for about 30 years, but it could be longer or shorter depending on specific circumstances. If you notice large areas of rust or deep dents on the exterior of your tank, get them checked out. Minor spots and bumps shouldn’t be a huge cause for concern, but you should still keep an eye on them.
Even if the tank looks like it’s in perfect condition, you could still have a leak. Give it a sniff test once in a while to check for any leaks. Regardless of its status, have a professional look at it once you hit the 30-year mark to determine if it’s time for a new one or not.
How To Prolong Its Life
Now that you know when to service and replace your propane tank, it’s time to take a look at the things you can do to make sure yours lasts as long as possible. Tank care includes doing the following:
- Ensure the tank is on a level surface
- Monitor the quality of the fuel
- Inspect connections and detach them if they’re not in use
- Test for leaks
- Winterize the tank (if you live far north)
- Address issues before they become worse
Additionally, recertify your tank every so often. The first time will be ten years after its manufacture date. Each recertification will follow five years after the first. As long as you do all the things mentioned here, your tank will last for a long time.