Written on: February 27, 2023
If you already use propane in your home, you’re probably well-versed in all the benefits it offers. And if you’ve just bought a home that uses propane, you’re about to find out!
From highly efficient heating to the precision of cooking on a gas range, to the ease and charm of a gas fireplace and the peace of mind of a backup generator, propane helps make your life more comfortable in a variety of ways. But what do you know about your propane storage tank? If your tank came with the purchase of your home, you might not even know how old it is. Does it need maintenance? When does it need to be replaced?
We’ll help you clear up some of that information.
Today’s propane tanks are built with safety and durability in mind. Aboveground propane tanks are designed to withstand the elements for 30 years or more before they need to be replaced, while 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.
If your tank has been installed correctly, it should require very little maintenance. That said here a few simple guidelines for keeping your tank in good shape. If it’s an above ground tank:
With an underground tank, one of the key benefits 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.
Correct installation of an 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.
Sign up for automatic delivery—or ask us about Odata wireless tank monitoring service—to ensure you avoid the inconvenience and expense of a run-out!
As your reliable south Florida propane expert, Beeline Propane is here for you. We sell and install propane tanks and we’ll make sure your tank is installed safely.
Our team can help assess your needs and make sure you have the right size tank to service your home and all its various appliances. We can also help you determine whether an above ground or underground tank is better for your location and handle the installation in either case. If you need a new propane tank, contact us today for more information.