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Posted: March 11, 2024

Why Isn’t My Propane Tank 100% Full After Delivery?

The extra room is there for a reason

propane tank Plainville, MA Calling for and scheduling a propane delivery for your propane tank most likely comes along with the expectation that your propane tank is going to be full following that refill and delivery. However, if you’ve been using propane for a while you have probably realized that this is not the case and that, in fact, your propane tank is not 100% full after delivery.

Why a propane tank isn’t completely full after delivery

Leaving room in your propane tank and not filling it to its maximum capacity is actually a safety precaution. In fact, a propane tank should never be 100% full as this puts you, your family and your home at risk. To avoid any potential danger, propane tanks should only be 80% full at a time.

Since propane is a liquid it expands as it warms up and as temperatures rise. Leaving extra room in a propane tank leaves room for this expansion.

Reading your propane tank gauge

Knowing that your propane tank is never (or should never) be 100% full adds a level of importance to tracking how much propane is left in your tank and knowing how to read your tank’s gauge.

Luckily, reading the gauge on a propane tank is fairly easy and simple.

You can usually find your tank’s gauge under the dome at the top of your propane tank. The gauge should have numbers in addition to one pointer needle. Whatever number the pointer needle lines up with is the percentage of your remaining propane supply. So if the needle points to 40%, your tank is 40% full.

You should call for your next propane refill as soon as your gauge hits 20%, if not before. This gives you some time to schedule a delivery without having to panic about running out of propane entirely.

Monitoring your propane levels

If you don’t want to have to think about reading your tank’s gauge and keeping track of how much propane you have left, wireless propane tank monitoring is a great option. With this service, a device is installed on your propane tank that allows a propane provider such as Medway Oil & Propane to track your propane supply in real time. When you reach a predetermined level, we are notified and your next delivery of propane is scheduled accordingly. And you don’t have to worry about running out of propane!

Additional propane safety tips

A propane tank that is only filled to 80% capacity will help keep you, your family and your home safe. Knowing what to do in the event of a propane leak will also help keep everyone safe.

A propane leak will smell similar to rotten eggs. If you ever suspect a leak, evacuate the area immediately and, once you are a safe distance away from the potential leak, call both 911 and your propane provider. Do not return to the site of the leak until a service technician or emergency personnel have given you the okay to do so.

Count on Medway Oil & Propane for the propane you need

If you are in the Eastern Massachusetts area, Medway Oil & Propane can deliver the propane you need right to your door. On top of that, we also install and lease propane tanks as well as various propane appliances such as furnaces, boilers and water heaters.

You can count on Medway Oil & Propane. Contact us and become a customer today!