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Propane 101

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Check Out Some FAQs About Propane Tanks

Not everyone is aware of propane tanks. At Northwest Propane, we'll provide you with all the necessary information, so you have a better idea about using propane tanks. Listed below are some of the frequently asked questions regarding propane tanks and how they work.

1. I
’ve never used propane tanks. What do I expect? Who do I call?
Some people buy or rent a home that has a big propane tank in the backyard and they have no idea what to do. In truth, it’s almost exactly like natural gas or electric power with one major difference. The propane power is delivered to you by a person in a tank truck. In fact, just view it as the gas company representative paying you a visit to check on everything and make sure your energy supply is adequate and your gas system is functioning properly. The first thing you should do is learn a little bit about propane. It’s just like electricity or natural gas. Just that you get hurt if you don’t know what you’re doing.

2. Why do I have to have a leak test performed on my propane system?
It is necessary to conduct leak tests for your propane tank in a timely manner. If there is an interruption of service, it might be because the flow of gas is stopped for some reason. NFPA 54 (2006), 8.2.3 states that “Immediately after the gas is turned on into a new system or into a system that has been initially restored after an interruption of service, the piping system shall be tested for leakage. If leakage is indicated, the gas supply shall be shut off until the necessary repairs have been made.”

3. There’s no way I could have used that much propane. I must have a gas leak.
Propane companies hear this more often from residential consumers during the cold weather. During cold weather, consumers tend to keep heat on and it doesn’t always mean there’s a gas leak. If you smell propane, get out of your house and call your propane company immediately.

4. How many gallons of gas do I lose in a leak?
A common question propane dealers hear when customers have a leak is “how much gas did I lose?” In reality, a small leak on a tank will result in the loss of maybe a gallon of propane over a considerable period of time. However, all questions about leaks should be directed to your propane company.

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