Why Isn’t My Propane Tank 100% Full After Delivery?

Written on: December 18, 2023

Learn more about ensuring your home always has propane

propane tank Waukesha county, wi Are you new to having propane in your Southeastern Wisconsin home? If so, you may not be sure of how to manage your propane supply.

Understanding how to accurately gauge the propane level in your propane tank is of utmost importance. This skill involves mastering the art of reading the tank gauge, but fret not, as it is a straightforward endeavor. Reading your propane tank gauge is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Go to your propane tank and locate the gauge – a circular dial that resembles the speedometer in your car.
  2. The dial numbers on the propane tank indicate the fill level as a percentage. For example, the needle points to 50, it means that the tank is 50% full.
  3. For Will-Call propane delivery, please contact us before your tank level drops to 30% to schedule a refill. This allows us to ensure a timely delivery and prevent any propane shortages or runouts.

While it may appear straightforward to monitor the propane tank gauge, it often slips our minds amidst the hectic nature of our lives.

Failure to monitor the propane tank level can lead to a range of issues. It may put you in a precarious situation where you unexpectedly run out of propane, requiring an emergency delivery with additional charges. In the worst-case scenario, your propane supply could be completely depleted. This not only necessitates an emergency propane delivery but also calls for a pressure test on your propane tank and the expertise of a service technician to relight all the pilots of your propane appliances. You will be responsible for all these expenses.

That’s precisely why so many Boehlke Bottled Gas customers love our FREE Automatic Delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring services! Bid farewell to the bothersome and overwhelming task of managing your home’s propane supply. Rest assured, we’ve got you fully covered.

Why your propane tank isn’t filled all the way

If you’re a keen observer, you may have noticed that propane tanks are never filled to the brim. But why is this? The answer lies in the prioritization of propane safety.

Similar to water, propane expands when heated, but to a much greater extent. In fact, propane expands approximately 17 times more than water for the same increase in temperature. To ensure safety, it is crucial not to fill the propane tank to its maximum capacity. Allowing some empty space within the tank enables the propane to expand safely in hot weather while maintaining the tank’s integrity.

Aboveground propane tanks are usually filled to approximately 80% capacity, whereas in-ground tanks can be filled slightly higher. This difference is due to the insulation provided by the surrounding ground for underground tanks, which protects them from sudden temperature changes. This precautionary measure ensures the durability and stability of the tanks, safeguarding them against potential damage.

With Automatic Delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring from Boehlke Bottled Gas, making sure your home always has the propane it needs is effortless! Become a customer today.