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A Guide to Your Home’s Propane Tank

Be Familiar with a Critical Piece of Your Home Heating System

propane tanks massachusetts Propane is one of the most versatile and efficient fuels around. A small propane cylinder can power a top-of-the-line grill. A larger stationary propane tank can power multiple appliances…plus your home’s heating and hot water equipment, too.

When you count on a propane tank to supply fuel to your home’s vital systems, it’s important to know the details of that tank. Frank Lamparelli has helped local South Shore households find the best fuel storage solutions for years.

Here are answers to some frequent propane tank questions we hear:

Is It Better to Lease or Own Your Propane Tank?

When you own your propane tank, you have freedom over who installs it, services it, and makes the propane deliveries to fill it. However, with that freedom comes a lot of responsibility. You’re on the hook financially for maintenance, repairs, fees, and safety checks. You’ll also need to pay to replace the tank, if necessary.

Leasing a tank from your propane supplier means they handle installation and maintenance, plus they can switch the tank out if your needs change. Even with a leasing fee, this is typically a much more affordable and less stressful option.

What Propane Tank Size Is Right for My Home?

Different tank sizes service different household needs. Here’s a breakdown of some of the stationary tank sizes Frank Lamparelli installs:

60-gallon tankServices a cooktop or single propane appliance.
120-gallon tankServices multiple appliances (e.g., stoves, clothes dryers, water heaters, space heaters or fireplaces) but not an entire home heating system.
320- to 500-gallon tankServices home heating and multiple appliances.
1,000-gallon tankServices large homes and commercial and/or industrial needs.

How Long Does a Propane Tank Last?

The high-quality tanks we install last a long time, generally multiple decades. Of course, these tanks must be appropriately maintained to ensure the best life expectancy. That’s why your household can enjoy significant benefits from working with a trusted company like Frank Lamparelli. Our skilled team can maintain and service your tank to guarantee it works well for years to come!

What are the Main Components of a Propane Tank?

Knowing the different parts of your stationary propane tank will help you communicate more effectively with service technicians if you must call them for repairs. Here are some tank’s standard gauges and valves:

  • Your service valve permits propane to flow from the tank to your home’s equipment. This is the valve you close if there is a propane leak.
  • The fill valve is a fitted gasket that your propane company uses to add more propane.
  • The fixed-level liquid gauge allows us to confirm that the tank is filled adequately.
  • The float gauge sits at the top of your propane and provides an approximate percentage fill reading for the tank.
  • The liquid withdrawal valve is a tube used to drain the tank so it can be serviced or moved.
  • The safety relief valve springs open when pressure inside the tank reaches an unsafe level.
  • The vapor return valve releases gas from an over-pressurized tank.

To get started installing a propane tank for your home, contact Frank Lamparelli today. We’ll be happy to help you get started!