What do you know about your propane tank? You probably know where the gauge is to check the levels, and if you have an above ground tank, you probably know it’s made of metal, and how big it is. But you may not know much else.
If it came with your home, you might not even know how old it is. Does it need maintenance? When does a propane storage tank need to be replaced need to be replaced?
Here’s what you need to know:
Propane tanks are built to last a long time and require very little maintenance throughout their lifespan. We inspect your tank for signs of age every time we deliver fuel, but it’s always smart to keep an eye out for rust. A little rust or a few small dings are not a problem, but large or deep patches of rust and bigger dents can cause leaks and allow moisture into the tank—two problems you want to avoid.
Underground tanks are a bit different and require “sacrificial anodes”—which help prevent corrosion—to be buried near the tank. The tank also needs to have a special anticorrosion coating, and regular maintenance checks to ensure unseen issues don’t arise.
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. 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 the quality of initial installation.
If your tank has been installed correctly, it should require very little maintenance. Still, there are 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. On the other hand, it’s a little harder to know if there are any problems.
Whether you are making the switch to propane and need a new tank, or you need to replace your old propane storage tank, Jack F. Corse is here for you. We sell and install propane tanks and we’ll make sure your tank is installed correctly and safely. Our team can help assess your needs and make sure you have the right size tank to service your home and appliances. And we provide reliable, courteous propane delivery service.
Need a new propane tank? Contact us today for more information.