Three things you should know about propane tanks

propane tankThe propane tank is the heart of your propane-powered home, pumping gas to your appliances and keeping your family warm and comfortable all year long.

But how much do you know about propane tanks? Here are some basics to get you up to speed.

  1. How long should a propane tank last?
    The life expectancy of a propane tank varies based on the size and use of the tank and how well it has been cared for. On average, a high quality, properly maintained galvanized propane tank should last 30 years or more; some aluminum and composite cylinders can last even longer. Propane tanks installed underground have an average life expectancy of 20 to 30 years, depending on the soil type and whether or not the tank was installed properly.
  2. How large a propane tank do I need?
    Propane tanks come in a range of sizes; choosing the right size for your Middle Tennessee or Southern Kentucky home depends on the kind of propane appliances you intend to run. Here are some common propane tank sizes and some of the appliances they typically power:

    56 gallon – For ovens, ranges and clothes dryers (holds 48 gallons of propane)
    120 gallon – For water heaters, space heaters and pool heaters (holds 100 gallons of propane)
    250 gallon – For generators, pool heaters, and a combination of appliances (holds 200 gallons of propane)
    500 gallon – For central heating and pool heaters (holds 400 gallons of propane)
    1000 gallon – For large homes and commercial applications (holds 850 gallons of propane)

  3. What are some of these rules and regulations about propane tank placement?
    The placement of a propane tank is determined by federal, state and local ordinances and regulations, which must be observed at all times. Here are some of the most important ones:

    Propane tanks under 125 gallons water capacity:

    • Must be at least 10 feet from a window air conditioner
    • Must be placed a minimum of 5 feet from a crawl space opening

    Propane tanks 125-500 gallons water capacity:

    • Must be placed a minimum of 10 feet from a building
    • Must be at least 10 feet from a line of adjoining property

    Propane tanks up to 2000 gallons water capacity:

    • must be placed a minimum of 25 feet from the building
    • no part of an underground tank of this size shall be less than 10 feet from a building or line of adjoining property

Have any more questions about propane tanks? Contact a pro at Advance Propane today to learn more!

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