6 Tank Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid Regarding Your Propane

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6 Tank Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid Regarding Your Propane

25 November 2019
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If you have HVAC appliances in your home that rely on propane as a fuel source, you'll need to have a propane tank kept somewhere around your property. You need to keep your propane tank well maintained to ensure safety. The following are six tank maintenance mistakes to avoid regarding your propane to keep your household and neighborhood safe: 

1. Exposing your tank to direct sunlight

You need to keep your tank stored in a shaded area. Tanks should be stored outside, but they need to be protected from sunlight. When a propane tank is exposed to direct sunlight, it can overheat. This creates a fire hazard and can even cause an explosion in severe situations. Ensure shade over your tank, and also pay attention to how hot it's getting in your propane tank storage area. Don't store your tank in an area that tends to get very hot. 

2. Attempting to perform your own tank modifications

You might want to try to change out valves on your tank yourself or do other small maintenance tasks independently. However, this is never a good idea. You need to leave these tasks to HVAC professionals unless you are experienced and properly trained to service your propane tank. 

3. Neglecting to repair a damaged tank

Over time, a tank can become damaged. Impact damage can create dents or paint can peel off a tank and allow rust to develop. When this occurs, you need to make sure that the damage is addressed and the tank is repaired to avoid safety hazards. 

4. Allowing your tank to become unsteady or uneven on the ground

It's important that a tank is always securely stored on even ground. Propane tanks should always be kept upright. An uneven tank could potentially fall over, and leaks can develop in tanks that aren't stored upright. 

5. Neglecting routine servicing

Propane tanks need some routine service. Service should involve verifying the security of fittings, replacing faulty valves, and generally inspecting for problems like leaks and rust development. Regular inspection and maintenance ensure safety while also prolonging the life of your propane tank. 

6. Placing your tank near sources of heat

Make sure your propane tank isn't stored near any heating units or grills stored out in your yard. Also, make sure that your propane tank is kept a good distance away from any other fuel tanks you have stored in your yard or around your home.