Reading a propane gauge can sometimes be confusing. The gauge only goes to 80%, which is the maximum allowed to be stored in a tank. The last 20% of the tank is reserved for gas expansion.
1. Find the gauge.
To do so, carefully open the dome on top of your propane tank. During Maine’s summer months use caution as wasps and hornets have been known to make their nests inside the domes.
2. Once the dome is open, the gauge will be the only one with visible numbers. (The photos below show what this gauge looks like). Example A shows that the tank is full at 80%. Example B shows the tank is at 32% capacity (time to order fuel). If you have more than (1) propane tank be sure to check the gauge on each tank.
Order Fuel when your propane tank’s gauge reads 30%
If you are NOT on Automatic Delivery be sure to monitor the fuel level of your propane tank(s) and call for a fuel delivery when your tank gauge reads 30%.
Besides the inconvenience of a cold house or having no power for your propane appliances, running out of propane can have other costly consequences. A lack of heat could cause your pipes to freeze, which can do damage to your home and belongings. In the event that you run out of propane, Maine State Law requires a mandatory pressure check.
Remote tank monitoring
Do you have a propane generator? If so, we have a few tips that can help you get through the next power outage smoothly.
To avoid a potential “run-out” we encourage our generator customers to sign up for our Propane Generator Tank Monitoring Service. Using wireless monitors that send us alerts, we’ll know when your tanks need to be filled before they reach critical levels. This ensures that your tanks never run out of fuel and your stand by generator never stops running in the event of a power outage. CLICK HERE to see how our Propane Tank Monitoring Service works
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