Tips for Homeowners: How to Read Your Propane Gauge
Many homeowners today are turning to propane as a source of energy in their homes. There are numerous benefits to propane when it comes to keeping your home comfortable in varied weather conditions. Propane can also be used for hot water, fireplaces, to dry our clothes and even allow us to cook.
One of the most important elements of the propane tank is the gauge. The gauge on your propane tank can be accessed by lifting the dome shaped lid covering the gauges to protect them from harsh weather conditions.
This indicator lets you know about how much propane is in the tank and if you require more to keep your systems running. Checking the gauge levels regularly to avoid running out of fuel is a must. Once a tank has run out of fuel, you’ll may need an inspection and other propane services before you can turn the gas on again.
Here are some tips on how to read your propane gauge properly.
Know Correct Percentages
Since propane expands, propane tanks are only filled to 80 percent capacity to allow for room in the tank. The gauge indicator should never go above the 80 mark as that is considered “full.”
Experts recommend that a call for propane delivery be made whenever the gauge reads 25 percent filled or less to avoid going empty.
You can also estimate how many gallons of propane are still in the tank by knowing the size of gallons your tank holds and multiplying the percentage reading. So a 250 gallon tank reading 30 percent, actually has about 75 gallons of propane remaining.
Get a Service Plan
One way to avoid having to continually check your propane tank levels is to sign up for an automatic delivery service plan.
Offered by Arbor Energy, the service means they’ll monitor your fuel usage at no additional cost and provide delivery when you need it. This offers the ultimate ease and convenience. Will calls that allow you to phone in whenever you need fuel is also an option.