Is Your Propane Tank in Good Shape?

Posted: July 8, 2024

How to Make Sure It Lasts 30 Years, Or More

propane tank Lenoir County, NC How much thought do you give to your home’s propane tank? If it was included when you purchased your home, you might not even know how old it is. You should know where the gauge is to check propane levels, and you probably know its capacity. But you may not know much else. Which means you have questions, now that you think about it: Does it need maintenance? How long should a propane storage tank last? When does it need to be replaced?

The good news is that propane storage tanks are built with safety and durability in mind, and they’re fairly easy to care for. Aboveground propane tanks are designed to withstand the elements for 30 years or more before they need to be replaced. Some aluminum and composite cylinders can last even longer. On the other hand, underground propane tanks can have a shorter average life expectancy, between 20 to 30 years, depending on the soil type and whether the tank was installed properly.

All you need to do is remember a few simple guidelines for keeping your tank in good shape.

Above-Ground Tanks

While above-ground tanks may not be pretty, it’s easy to see if there is any signs of aging. And, it’s easy to help ensure it lasts a long time with just some basic attention.

The main thing to do is keep an eye out for signs of corrosion on the exterior of your tank, particularly rust. Have propane appliances serviced and connectors checked regularly.

You should also make sure that your propane tank is always sitting level to the ground.

Avoid letting your propane tank hit empty. The resulting pressure change in lines can lead to damage and potential leaks.

Underground Tanks

With an underground tank, a key benefit is that it doesn’t detract from your home’s curb appeal. It can also be safer, depending on your home’s location. But, it’s a little harder to know if there are any problems.

New underground propane tanks have a special anticorrosion coating to help extend their lifespan and they can last between 20 to 30 years, depending on the soil type and whether the tank was installed properly. Correct installation of any underground tank should include sacrificial anodes (typically, we recommend one bag per 500 gallons). Anodes absorb natural electric currents in the ground and water that would otherwise corrode and deteriorate your tank. In addition, you should have us perform regular maintenance and check regulators.

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Time to Replace Your Propane Storage Tank?

As your reliable Greene County, NC, propane expert, Rand Wade is ready to help. We sell and install propane tanks and we’ll make sure you get the right size for your needs, and install it properly. We can also help you determine whether an above-ground or underground tank is better for your location.

Need a new propane tank? Contact us today for more information.