Understanding and reading your propane tank gauge


This year, Mother Nature has “blessed” our winter wonderland with record cold temperatures for sustained periods throughout New England. While warmer days are fast approaching, additional frigid weather is forecast. Knowing your propane tank levels can be important. The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), is an excellent resource for propane education. A recent safety video provides helpful tips for understanding and reading your propane tank gauge.

For instance, you may notice after a delivery, your tank gauge(s) reads 80%. A common question arises: was there enough fuel delivered, or is there an issue with the tank? Not to worry. We often fill the tanks to between 80 and 85%, as propane requires space to expand without causing safety issues. Please watch PERC’s How To Read a Tank Gauge video to learn facts including:

• When a propane tank runs completely out of gas, safety regulations require the entire propane system be professionally inspected before tanks can be refilled.
• The tank lid protects the gauge and other components from inclement weather.
• Propane is delivered and stored as a liquid, then vaporizes for use in your home or business. It also contracts/expands as temperatures increase and decrease.
• Tank gauge readings show the fuel level as a percentage of the tank filled with liquid as opposed to the number of gallons in the tank.

Viking wants you to know there are a whole host of uses for propane in your home including; central and space heating, water heating, clothes drying, fireplaces, heating stoves, kitchen ranges, generator power and outdoor cooking, lighting and fire features. To ensure a sufficient amount of propane for all of your energy needs, Viking Propane recommends knowing your tank gauge even when your gas is delivered automatically. For questions on any of the above subjects, please call us at 483 3446.

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