When Should I Schedule a Propane Tank Refill?

When Should I Schedule a Propane Tank Refill Alto, MI

With the cold winter weather ahead, it’s important you know how much propane gas you have left to heat your home. Monitoring your propane supply is easy when you have a gauge on your tank. However, if you don’t have a gauge, you’ll need to rely on other methods to know when to schedule your next propane refill. A residential propane company can also help you keep track of your propane tank levels by installing a gauge.

Get a Propane Tank Gauge

The easiest way to monitor residential propane tank levels is to get a gauge. A propane supplier will be able to install a gauge on the side of your propane gas tank so you know exactly how much fuel you have left to heat your home. During the winter months, it is important to shovel a path to your propane tank so the technician has easy access.

To clear snow that accumulates on or around your aboveground propane tank, you’ll want to use a broom so you don’t accidentally puncture your tank and cause a leak. Clearing the snow around your tank also makes it easier for you to check your propane tank gauge. If you depend on your propane tank to heat your home, you’ll want to make sure you have enough propane to last you until the next delivery.

Pour Hot Water

If you use a portable propane heater for hunting, ice fishing, or other outdoor activities, you may not have a gauge to track how much fuel you have left. However, if you don’t have a propane gauge, you’ll still need to know when to schedule a propane tank refill.

For portable propane tanks, we recommend pouring a cup or small bucket of hot tap water down the sides of the tank. Next, you’ll need to feel the tank for a cold spot. The top of the cold spot indicates the fill line of your tank. This method works because propane absorbs heat. When you pour hot water over the tank, the propane absorbs enough heat that you can feel the difference in temperature.

Weigh Portable Propane Tanks

Aren’t sure when to order more residential propane? A trusted method is to weigh your portable or small propane tank. First, you’ll need to check the handle for the TW (tare weight). The tare weight measures how much the tank weighs when it doesn’t contain propane.

Next, you’ll need to weigh the tank using a scale. Take the weight you got from the scale and subtract the tare weight to get how much propane is left in the tank. This tactic is useful for people who use small propane tanks for grills, patio heaters, and other residential propane appliances.

Altogas is a Michigan propane gas company dedicated to supplying homeowners with enough propane to get them through the winter and year-round. If you are interested in scheduling your next propane delivery or checking out our propane tanks for sale, call any of our propane dealers who serve Alto, Benton Harbor, Charlotte, Edmore, Zeeland, and surrounding areas.

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