2 Questions You May Have About Having Your New Home's Propane Tank Refilled
If you recently moved into a new home that uses propane gas as one of its primary energy sources, you may be unfamiliar with how things work when it comes time to have it refilled. While you may already know that you need to have a professional service take care of refilling the tank, you may have certain questions about the process and what you need to do to ensure you do not run out of gas. If so, below are answers to a couple of questions you may have about having your new home's propane tank refilled.
1. How Can You Tell That Your Propane Levels Are Low and Need to Call for a Refill?
One question you may have about refilling your home's propane tank is how to tell when you need to call for service. Depending on the type of service you sign up for, you may have automatic deliveries based on past amounts used. Or, you may have signed up for a will-call service that requires you to keep an eye on the levels yourself and call when the tank needs refilling.
If you have signed up for a will-call service, the primary way you can tell when you need more propane is to keep an eye on the gauge and call when the indicator reaches a specific zone. However, another way you can tell is by looking at the flames on your stove or pilot lights on the furnace. If the flames have become weak and/or sputter when they are lit, the propane is low levels are low and the gas needs refilling.
2. Why Does the Service Not Fill the Tank Completely When Refilling It with Propane Gas?
Another question you may have has to do with the refilling service itself. You may have noticed that even after the tank is refilled, it is not filled completely, leading you to wonder why.
When propane is within an enclosed space, it will expand and contract when the temperatures outside rise and fall. This space left in the tank allows for the safe expansion and contraction of the gas.
Besides looking at the gauge on the tank to check its propane levels, you can keep an eye on the flames on your home's appliances to see if the gas is running low when they start to weaken or sputter. When the tank is refilled by the service, they will typically not fill it to capacity to allow for the natural expansion of the gas caused by environmental temperature changes. For more information or to schedule a will-call service visit, contact a company in your area that offers residential propane tank refill services to speak with a representative.