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Should I Exchange or Refill My Propane Tank?

Should I Exchange or Refill My Propane Tank?

You’ll need to schedule a propane delivery once your tank runs low. However, are you able to recognize the signs it’s time to replace your propane gas tank? For your safety, small propane tanks should be exchanged once they reach a certain age. You should also inspect your propane cylinder for signs of damage.

Continue reading to learn whether you should exchange or refill your propane tank. For more information, contact our local propane dealer at Altogas today!



When was your propane tank certified?

By law, propane companies can’t refill your tank if it’s more than 12 years old. Check the top of your propane tank for the certification date. Depending on your propane tank’s safety features and when it was initially certified, you may be able to extend the expiration date 5 years.

The certification date matters because it affects safety. Old propane tanks are more likely to rust or leak, which creates an unsafe situation for you and your family. Re-certifying your propane tank gives you peace of mind knowing that your tank has the latest safety measures.

If you can’t re-certify your propane tank, you’ll need to contact a propane supplier about getting a new one. A propane dealer can also help you pick out the right propane tank sizes for your needs. Homeowners use propane tanks for a variety of purposes, which include furnaces, home generators, grills, lawnmowers, and more. For this reason, it’s important you find a propane dealer that has experience supplying residential propane to homeowners.

What condition is your propane tank in?

Plan for propane tank exchange if your tank is rusted, punctured, leaking, or otherwise damaged. A tank cannot be refilled if it’s structurally compromised. If your tank is in good condition, you’ll be able to schedule a propane tank refill without any issues. You can continue refilling your propane tank up to 12 years from the certification date. You may also try to get your tank re-certified if it has expired.

How can I test for propane tank leaks?

Turn off the main gas supply valve as soon as you suspect a leak. Manufacturers add a bad odor to propane gas so leaks can be detected as soon as possible. If you smell a bad odor coming from your propane tank, you’ll need to get everyone out of the building or surrounding area.

Checking for a propane tank leak is easy. Apply soapy water or a special leak detector solution where the propane tank’s cylinder valve meets the regulator outlet. Next, you’ll need to slowly open the cylinder valve. Bubbles will form if there is a leak.

Altogas is a Michigan propane dealer dedicated to helping homeowners make the right decisions for their households. Whether you need a propane tank for a grill or an underground propane tank to heat your home, you can count on our expertise. To schedule a propane refill, call any of our locations in Alto, Benton Harbor, Charlotte, Edmore, and Zeeland.

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