Are Propane Tanks Safe In The Winter?

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If you heat your home with propane, you already know how well it keeps your home warm no matter how cold it gets here in Michigan. just how cold can it get outside before the gas in your outdoor propane tank starts to have problems?

The answer is pretty darn cold.

Propane turns to a liquid at -42 degrees C; if it gets that cold or colder, pressure inside your propane tank will drop, eventually reaching a point where it is too low to effectively power your propane heating equipment.

The good news is that as cold as it gets in Greater Lansing, temperatures are not likely to reach that low (for you trivia buffs, Lansing reached an all-time low of -29°F on January 4, 1981), but it still pays to take some precautions if you own a propane-heated home in the area.

How To Avoid pressure problems In Extreme Cold

  • Order propane when your tank is no less than one-quarter full to keep positive pressure inside the tank (and prevent propane runouts).
  • Clear snow away from your tank quickly
  • Keep the regulator free of snow and ice
  • Turn down the thermostat in your home – Decreasing the temperature in your house will lessen the time your system/appliance operates, permitting the pressure in the tank to build.

Other Propane Tips For Extreme Weather

  • Clear snow and ice from propane tank regulators, vents, piping and valves to prevent damage that could cause a gas leak.
  • Remove snow and ice from appliance vents, flues and chimneys to allow the gas to vent properly.
  • Place a flag, pole, or stake next to your tank that is tall enough to be seen over the expected snowfall and drifts; this will help you find the tank in heavy snow.
  • Turn off the main gas supply if an appliance fails to light or if a gas leak is detected.

Winter is almost here – do you have enough propane to keep your family safe, warm, and comfortable? Fill up today with the pros at Lansing Ice & Fuel. Contact us today to learn more about propane deliveries in Greater Lansing, MI!