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Propane Gas FAQs

Propane Gas FAQs Michigan

Have questions about propane before making the switch? You're not alone. Many of our customers have questions about the cost, safety and availability of propane gas before they feel they can commit.

To help you make the best decision for your lifestyle and home, check out our list of frequently asked questions. If you don't find your answer here, feel free to reach out to our propane dealers.

Is propane safe?

Yes, propane is safe to use for everything from your grill to major household appliances. However, this doesn't mean that you should neglect preventive maintenance or ignore the telltale signs of a propane leak.

If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off all the gas at the tank. You'll also want to open the area to fresh air if possible and avoid doing anything that could cause a spark. Our propane dealers will be able to inspect the tank to determine the cause of the leak and find a solution.

Is propane affordable?

Propane gas is an affordable alternative to gasoline and diesel. Since 90% of propane sold in the United States is produced domestically, the price tends to be more stable than those fuels we get from other countries. This is because the local supply and demand tends to be more consistent and predictable than what we see in the global market.

Can I use propane to heat my home?

Yes, in fact more and more homeowners are using propane to power furnaces, air conditioners, washing machines, and other major appliances. Many of our customers appreciate that they aren't dependant on the local utility company for power, which gives them peace of mind.

What size propane tank do I need?

What size propane tank you get depends on your energy needs. Small propane tanks are perfect for grills while an underground propane tank is more suitable for powering your home. Our propane dealers can help you find the right size tank for your lifestyle.

Where can I buy propane?

We offer five convenient locations throughout Michigan in Alto, Benton Harbor, Charlotte, Edmore, and Zeeland. Since 90% of propane sold in the United States is produced domestically, it doesn't have far to go from the manufacturer to your home.

Why can't you refill my old propane tank?

By law, propane companies can't refill your tank if it's more than 12 years old. Old propane tanks are more likely to rust or leak, which creates an unsafe situation for you and your family.

Check the top of your propane tank for the certification date. Depending on the propane tank's safety features and when it was initially certified, you may be able to extend the expiration date 5 years.

Do you exchange old propane tanks?

Yes, we offer a service for propane tank exchange. A propane exchange is for people who wish to replace their old and/or empty propane tanks with new ones.


Our Michigan propane dealers work hard to provide homeowners with the propane they need to power their lives. To schedule your next propane refill with Altogas, call any of our locations in Alto, Benton Harbor, Charlotte, Edmore, and Zeeland.

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