At Collingwood Fuels, we have extensive experience working with propane tanks–filling them, installing them, refurbishing them, and above all maintaining them. If you rely on a propane tank to power your furnace or other essential symptoms, it’s only natural to want to make sure that it stays in good working order. To help you do that, in this article, we’ll be going over three tips for effective propane tank maintenance.
- Check Fuel Level. One key part of propane tank maintenance is regularly checking the level of fuel inside–after all, you wouldn’t want to run out unexpectedly. To do this, slowly pour a cup of hot (but not boiling) water over the side of the tank. As you do this, you should see condensation forming on the surface. You should see a clear line where the condensation cuts off–that line shows how high the fuel level inside is.
- Test for Leaks. Another key step for propane tank maintenance is to examine your system for leaks. You can actually test your gas system for leaks by mixing a little dish soap into some warm water and pour it over your tank and connecting lines. If there’s a leak, the escaping gas will form bubbles on the surface.
- Check the Ground Level. A third key measure for propane tank maintenance is checking that the ground below and around your tank is flat and level. A tank on an inclined surface is at risk of falling over, which you definitely don’t want, so check periodically to ensure that yours is on a flat surface.