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How To Read a Propane Tank Gauge

Written on: August 21, 2023

Make sure you always have propane with Automatic Delivery from Johnny Prescott!

If you are new to having propane in your home, you may be wondering how to manage your propane supply.

Johnny Prescott is here to help, with reliable propane delivery, including our popular Automatic Delivery option. We also offer expert propane heating and water heating installation and service.

The most important thing you need to know is how to determine how much propane is in your tank, and that means learning how to read the tank gauge. Fortunately, this is not a difficult task.

Propane tank gauge 101

Reading your propane tank gauge is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Head out to your propane tank and find the gauge – a circular dial resembling the speedometer in your car.
  2. The dial numbers indicate the fill level of the propane tank as a percentage. When the needle points to 50, it indicates that the tank is 50% full.
  3. If you opt for Will-Call propane delivery, kindly reach out to us prior to your tank level reaching 30% to arrange a delivery. By doing so, we can ensure a timely refill before you run out of propane.

Monitoring the gauge of your propane tank is a straightforward task, yet it can easily slip our minds amidst the hustle and bustle of a busy life.

Failing to monitor the level of your propane tank can result in a range of issues. You may find yourself running low on propane and needing an emergency delivery, which incurs additional charges. In the worst-case scenario, you could completely deplete your propane supply. This not only necessitates an emergency propane delivery, but also requires a pressure test on your propane tank and the expertise of a service technician to relight all your propane appliance pilots. All of these expenses fall under your responsibility.

That’s why so many Johnny Prescott customers love Automatic Delivery! Say goodbye to the hassle and stress of managing your home’s propane supply. We’ve got you covered.

Why isn’t my propane tank 100% full?

If you’re an attentive observer, you may have noticed that your propane tank is never completely filled. Why is this the case? It all boils down to ensuring propane safety.

Similar to water, propane undergoes expansion when heated. However, compared to water, propane expands approximately 17 times more for the same increase in temperature. By not filling the propane tank to 100% full, there is empty space inside the tank that allows the propane to safely expand when it’s hot outside while keeping the tank safe.

Aboveground propane tanks are usually filled up to approximately 80% capacity, while in-ground tanks can be filled slightly higher. This is because the underground tank is insulated by the ground, which helps protect it from drastic temperature changes.

With dependable propane delivery from Johnny Prescott, your home will always have the propane it needs to stay safe and comfortable. Become a customer today!