As a homeowner, you are likely aware that propane is a versatile, durable and efficient energy source. With proper maintenance, you can expect a freestanding tank to last at least 12 years after the manufacture date. An underground tank will last up to 30 years if properly maintained. Yes, propane is a great way to power your home appliances but if your propane tank isn’t cared for, it can create serious issues. Knowing how to maintain your propane tank and the appliances it supplies is incredibly important. With proper maintenance, you can ensure a healthy propane tank as well as your home’s safety.
In this blog we will discuss propane maintenance and safety tips so you can have peace of mind when it comes to your home and loved ones.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
Regular maintenance promotes the longevity of your propane tank and reduces costly repairs that may be needed throughout the tank’s lifespan. Propane requires qualified professionals to service your tank and appliances. All Clean Gas propane specialists are equipped to service, maintain and repair your propane appliances to industry standards. Prioritize regular maintenance to keep your family and home safe.
Keep a Clean Tank
One of the best ways to ensure proper operation and safety of your propane tank and appliances is to keep them clean. These items can pick up dirt and harmful particulates from the surrounding environment. This is especially important for propane cooking appliances where food matter can accumulate over time. The dirtier they are the less effective and dangerous they become. Be safe and avoid any expensive repair work by ensuring your tank and appliances are clean.
Place Carefully on Level Ground
In an effort to avoid propane tanks from tipping over, ensure you are placing it outside on level ground. Be cautious of the ground on which it is placed such as poorly conditioned concrete, rotting wood or uneven spots. It is best practice to routinely check the tanks are secure and the ground’s integrity is still intact.
Likewise, propane tanks and appliances need adequate ventilation. It is important to keep them spaced out and away from clutter as poor ventilation can be dangerous. A strong and reliable flow of air is required to prevent a buildup of propane gas in the event of a leak. Since propane is heavier than air, propane can travel across a large space without being noticed.
Your Clean Gas propane specialist can advise you on where best to place your propane tank and appliances to optimize safety and efficiency.
How to Handle a Propane Leak
Propane leaks are very rare, though it is important that everyone in the home knows what to do if one does occur. Teaching kids what hazardous materials smell and look like is imperative to keeping everyone safe. Propane has a chemical added to it that makes it smell pungent, similar to rotten eggs or a skunk. This makes it more recognizable in the event of a leak. Additionally, you may hear a hissing sound as propane is stored under pressure. Once a leak is suspected, it is crucial to act quickly. The best precautions to take are as follows:
- Avoid electrical switches, appliances and anything that could create a spark
- If safe to do so, turn off the gas
- Remove yourself from the leak area
- Avoid lower level rooms as propane sinks in the air
- Call your Clean Gas propane specialist immediately
In sum, propane is a cost-effective, safe and efficient way to power your home. It is one of the most versatile energy sources. Enjoy a reduced carbon footprint, money savings and a wide range of other benefits. Knowing how to maintain your propane tank and appliances will help with operating efficiency, longevity and safety. By investing a little care, you can expect them to last for many years. Get the most out of your propane tank and appliances by understanding how to best maintain them.
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