Written on: September 15, 2022
If you have never experienced all the hassles and expense connected to your propane tank going empty, count your blessings.
Because when a propane tank gets empty, you simply can’t just have it filled again with propane and say, “all done.” Running out of propane is a serious and costly situation that can cause all kinds of problems– and potential dangers – for you and your family in your propane-powered home.
For starters, you will have to arrange for an emergency propane delivery, which costs more, compared to a regular delivery.
Your propane company also has to do a system leak test whenever a tank runs out of propane. Safety codes require your propane supplier to perform this gas leak test before refilling your tank and relighting your appliances. Here’s why.
When there is propane in your tank, there is constant pressure in the system; when the amount of fuel goes down, so does the pressure. Loss of pressure can cause leaks because of the expansion and retraction of the piping compound in the propane system. Whenever there is an interruption in service—such as running out of propane—a pressure test will reveal any leaks in the piping, which we will then be corrected. Be aware that your propane company needs to charge you for this important service. Here are other problems a propane run-out may cause.
To avoid the hassles described above, start the heating season off on the right foot by getting your propane tank filled up. You’ll enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your family will be safe and comfortable in any weather that’s ahead of us in autumn.
Getting propane delivered to your tank whenever you need it may seem fairly easy. But for propane suppliers, planning is more complex, and the process often begins a year before deliveries even reach customers. Plus, supply chain issues have added an extra layer of complexity to the mix this year.
Knowing the volume of fuel that each customer will need represents a key component in creating a supply plan, which includes storing away enough fuel. Customers can help out by contacting their propane dealer before winter arrives to discuss their anticipated propane needs.
Your propane dealer is committed to supplying you with reliable propane deliveries throughout the year.
Many of Georgia’s propane companies offer a solution with an automatic delivery service. They track your propane usage and schedule a delivery to your home before you run low.
If your local propane company doesn’t offer automatic delivery, or if you prefer the control of calling in your delivery order, you need to be vigilant about monitoring your propane tank gauge levels and request your delivery when your tank is between 25% and 30% full.
While your propane dealer may be able to make a delivery within a day in cases of extreme emergency, it is always best to provide a few days’ notice. This advance notice is necessary for scheduling your home into a delivery route.