Propane Maintenance: How Do I Get the Most Out of My Tank, System & Service?
So you’ve made the switch to propane for your home. Now you need to know how to maintain your propane tank, system, and service.
At Primemax Energy, we understand you will need some help when switching to a new fuel or heating system. Our team is here to support you throughout the transition with current information about safety, upkeep, and much more.
In this blog, we’ll provide you with some helpful tips to ensure you get the most out of your new propane tank, system, and service. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below!
Propane Tank Maintenance
Prior to installation, you should make sure your tank has the appropriate clearance from the house. Discuss the matter with your propane supplier to ensure you’re following all relevant safety requirements.
Once your propane tank has been properly installed, check the tank regularly for any kind of damage, wear, or defects. This is especially important after a storm, when high winds, falling branches & heavy snowfall could cause serious damage.
Check for any damage to the valves, dials, or controls on the tank, as it is unsafe to operate a propane system with damaged equipment. During the winter months, keeping your tank clear of snow and ice will help increase the lifespan of your tank and minimize wear on it.
It is also important to ensure that your tank is installed on level ground and stays level. This is especially important if you install your tank on freshly ground soil. You’ll want to check the dirt around your tank after the installation to ensure there hasn’t been excessive settling or movement of the tank. If your tank is on concrete, check the condition of the concrete and ensure it is not at risk of deterioration.
These simple tips will help you provide basic propane tank maintenance. If you’re running into other problems, contact our team and we’ll be able to help.
Propane System Maintenance
The most important thing to do for your propane system maintenance is to check for leaks on a regular basis. If there is a leak present, you should be able to detect it quickly by the rotten egg (sulphur) smell. Assessing the system regularly for damaged pipes and outlets can prevent the leak before it happens.
You should check the level on your tank frequently to ensure that you do not run out of fuel. This will keep your system running efficiently and is especially important in the cold winter months. Regular checks will also help you gain insight into your usage, how that fluctuates seasonally, and when to call for delivery to avoid running out.
Apart from the cold house and great inconvenience for you, running out of fuel can cause serious damage to the system, including increasing your risk for leaks, rust build up, and extinguishing your pilot light. If your pilot light does go out, do not attempt to handle it yourself. This situation can lead to fire or explosion risks, if it is not handled by a professional. Give our team a call and we can resolve the situation for you.
Propane Service for Your Home
When you start using propane in your home, it’s important to set up your account and maintain it on a regular basis. Keep track of your payments and contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about your propane service. Our team is always happy to help.
At Primemax Energy, we offer automatic delivery, which means we will estimate your tank levels and send out a delivery whenever our system indicates you are getting low. However, this is just an estimate, so it is crucial to monitor your tank and system yourself. Make sure that you call in for a propane delivery when you get between 20 and 30% in your tank.
In the winter months, it is also important to clear a path to your propane tank and ensure your driveway is clear as well. This will ensure that your propane deliveries can be made on time and without complications.
Contact our team today and see how we can help you with propane maintenance.