When and How to Order Propane
The numbers on your gauge tell you the percentage of gas left in your tank. The gauge shown below, for example, shows a tank that has 35% of its propane left, based upon the total amount it can hold.
Note: You should never allow your tank to fall below 10% capacity.
TO FIND OUT HOW MANY GALLONS YOU HAVE LEFT: Simply multiply the percentage on your gauge by your tank size. For our example above, that would be .35 X 250 = 87.5 gallons left. Please take into consideration that a gauge reading can be off by 5% (+ or -). Make sure you know your tank size (usually 120, 150, 172, 250, or 500 gallons).
If You Run Out Of Gas
Letting your propane container run empty creates additional hazards. If you run out of gas and lose pressure in the system, a potentially hazardous condition can result. If you do run out of gas, follow these steps:
Turn off all control valves on all gas appliances.
- Turn off the shut-off valve on the propane container(s).
- Call your propane supplier to arrange for delivery and advise them you are out of gas.
- Don’t turn the gas back on yourself. Let the propane supplier do it. When you schedule your fill, be sure it is for a time when you will be at home, so the propane supplier can relight and check your appliances and system to assure that they are operating properly and are leak free.
- Immediately after your tank is refilled, have a service technician check to see that all safety controls are functioning properly and the piping system is leak-free.