If you’re used to heating your home with oil here in Northern Vermont, you know that it can often dip below 16°F. That’s cold enough for your heating oil to gel, and result in problems keeping your home warm. But, if you have an aboveground propane tank, you might still be wondering if your propane supply can freeze or gel in similar fashion when temperatures plummet.
The good news is that the freezing point for propane is -44°F which is well below our average low in northern Vermont, which tends to be around 9°F in January. Suffice it to say, you don’t need to worry about your propane freezing.
Nevertheless, cold weather can still cause problems for the propane in your tank.
Like most substances, propane contracts in cold temperatures. If your propane tank is buried, you don’t need to worry. Temperatures need to get extremely cold for an extended period to affect the propane in an underground tank.
It’s a different situation with an aboveground propane tank. When it’s extremely cold outside, the volume of propane inside your aboveground propane tank will shrink, resulting in a loss of pressure. The problem is, if the pressure becomes too low, the propane inside your tank will not be able to reach your gas burner. That means you may not be able to run your propane appliances, including your furnace or boiler. In addition to no heat, you need to worry about pipes freezing.
To make things easier, you can sign up for our convenient automatic delivery service. We factor the weather into our deliveries and scheduling without you ever having to call. We’ll make sure you never run low! (We do ask that you factor in the weather too—please keep driveways plowed and sanded, and clear a path to your tank so we can deliver your fuel safely at all times.)
There’s a reason folks in Lamoille and Franklin Counties trust Corse Fuels for dependable propane deliveries, as well as tank installations, maintenance and more! We’ve got the knowledge, skills, and resources and can answer all your questions about the benefits of propane for your home. Contact us today to learn more.