Propane Tank Safety: Winter Tips You Should Know
As the temperatures continue to drop, you can rest assured knowing that propane will keep your home warm and comfortable during the cold Texas winter. That means you can take reliably warm baths powered by your propane water heater or enjoy your environmentally-friendly propane fireplace all winter long without a hitch.
Most homeowners are aware of the importance of regular preventative maintenance of propane heating systems and gas appliances, but sometimes the tank itself is overlooked.
The freezing point of propane is -44 ̊F, so it’s very unlikely that your propane tank will ever freeze, but the main concern during extremely cold winters is a loss of pressure in your tank. Like all liquids, propane contracts in the cold. When it does, the volume of liquid propane in your tank shrinks, resulting in a loss of pressure. If the pressure gets too low, propane won’t be able to reach your gas burner.
Here are some tips to protect your propane tank during freezing temps:
Maintain a desirable tank pressure. Don’t let your propane tank level fall below 30%. Having enough propane in your tank will help positive pressure inside the tank and prevent runouts.
If possible, protect your tank from the elements. If it snows, clear it off the tank as soon as you can. This allows sunlight to add some much needed warmth to your tank.
For the same reason, never attempt to cover up your tank. This will merely insulate the propane inside the tank from the natural heat of the daytime sun, possibly making the problem worse.
Turn down the thermostat in your home. Decreasing the temperature in your house somewhat will lessen the time your propane heating system operates, permitting the pressure in the tank to build.
Ensure your driveway/tank access to your propane tank is clear of ice/snow to facilitate delivery. A clear path helps the delivery drivers get to your tank easily, fill it quickly, and move on to the next customer.
If supplementing your primary heat with propane, we strongly advise that you do not bring the tank or cylinder inside the home. Only use appliances indoors that are designed and approved for that purpose.
Remember, never use a flame or extreme heat to try to boost your tanks pressure, this can lead to serious accidents and is easily avoidable. Avoid pouring hot water on the tank as this can cause damage to the piping and regulators, and can also lead to major issues.
Simply being mindful of your propane tank when temperatures drop is the best way to avoid a problem. For expert propane system service and the most reliable propane deliveries contact Nelson Propane Gas.