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Why Doesn’t My Propane Tank Say 100%?

What to know when reading your propane tank gauge

propane tank Warwick, ny Propane tank monitoring can be confusing if you are new to propane, but at AC Howell, we are here to help you make sense of it all. Propane tanks typically do not indicate 100% full because of several safety and operational reasons. Read on to learn more about what to expect from your propane tank levels.

How full is “full”?

When it comes to assessing your propane tank fill level, here are a few factors to consider:

Expansive Nature of Propane: Propane expands and contracts with temperature changes. If a tank were filled to 100% capacity on a hot day, the propane inside would expand as the temperature rises, potentially causing the tank to become overpressurized and creating a safety hazard. Therefore, there needs to be some empty space (or “headspace”) in the tank to accommodate these temperature-related volume changes.

Safety Regulations: Propane tanks are designed and filled in accordance with safety regulations. Leaving some space at the top of the tank provides a buffer for pressure changes and helps prevent overfilling, which could lead to safety issues.

Vapor Space: Propane exists in both liquid and vapor states inside the tank. The space above the liquid propane is the vapor space. This vapor is what is drawn off the tank when you use propane appliances. If the tank were completely filled with liquid propane, there would be no room for vapor, and your appliances wouldn’t function properly.

Pressure Relief: Propane tanks have pressure relief valves that release excess pressure to prevent the tank from becoming over-pressurized. The space left at the top allows for this pressure release without compromising safety.

Don’t go too low

While your tank may not read 100% when filled, it should still be filled to a safe and appropriate level. The actual percentage displayed on the gauge depends on the design of the specific tank and the gauge itself. It’s essential to follow safety guidelines and regulations when handling propane, and if you have concerns about the level of propane in your tank, consult with your propane supplier or a qualified professional.

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Tank monitoring makes keeping track of your propane supply easy. The monitor is installed directly onto your propane tank and installation takes less than 10 minutes. You don’t have to be home for installation, either! The Gaslog tank monitor uses cellular technology, like what is in your smartphone, to let A.C. Howell know in real time, at all times, precisely just how much propane is in your tank.

Our propane tank monitors are great for everyone! They’re affordable and easy to use. They give you complete peace of mind when it comes to your propane supply. They help pay for themselves because you only get propane delivered when you need it. That’s the personal, customized delivery service that you get from a family business! Let A.C. Howell take care of all your propane needs. Become a customer today!