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Cold Weather and Propane

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When it comes to keeping you warm in the winter, there aren’t many fuels that can keep up with propane. But what does propane think of the cold?

In general, propane deals well with dropping temperatures and extreme weather – but some precautions must be taken if you own a propane-powered home in a cold climate. Here are some cold weather propane tips as we inch closer to winter here in the Finger Lakes.

When heavy snow and ice accompany cold temperatures:

  • 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.

To avoid pressure problems during cold weather extremes:

When propane is stored in your tank, it’s a liquid under high pressure; it must vaporize and expand to be used as a fuel. But as temperatures drop, so does pressure inside the tank – to the point where eventually, under conditions of extreme cold, pressure may be too low to effectively power your larger propane equipment.

To avoid this problem,

  • Order propane when your tank is no less than one-quarter full to keep positive pressure inside the tank (and prevent runouts).
  • Clear snow away from your tank quickly.
  • Keep the regulator free of snow and ice; NEVER pour water on it.
  • 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.
  • NEVER use an open flame or electrical device near a propane tank for any reason.
  • NEVER attempt to heat your propane tank to solve a pressure problem.

Winter is coming – do you have enough propane to keep your family safe, warm, and comfortable? Fill up today with the pros at Ehrhart.