It is estimated over nine million families use propane in their homes. Of these, about a quarter own the propane tanks they use. There are several benefits to owning instead of renting a tank. Apart from having the freedom to choose a supplier, refilling it is also cheaper, since there are no additional fees tacked onto your bill. It will eventually pay for itself while also adding value to your home.
One drawback to owning your propane tank is you will be responsible for the maintenance, repair, and replacement of the unit. According to Fuelman, a leading fuel product supplier in Honolulu, HI, knowing when to have the tank replaced is important.
You should get a new propane tank if:
Yours Is More Than 12 Years Old: Check your tank’s manufacturing date, which should be listed above the collar. When propane tanks reach 12 years of age, the law states they can no longer be refilled. The only exception is re-qualified tanks, which have been inspected and deemed fit to use for an additional five years.
There’s Rust Throughout the Tank: Rust formation will also necessitate replacement. It means the tank may have been exposed to heat, and excess pressure is starting to build up. If you don’t replace it soon, the relief valve may not seal properly and will cause a gas leak.
Too Many Parts Are Damaged: As with most other devices, there’s a point where replacing the whole thing makes more sense than having individual parts repaired or replaced. Figure out how much it would actually cost you to repair each broken part of your propane tank. If the total reaches even half the price of a brand-new tank, you’re better off buying a new one.
To have your propane tank refilled or ask more questions about replacing your current one, talk to the experts at Fuelman in Honolulu. They also supply diesel, gas, and industrial bulk fuel. Give them a call at (808) 842-3835, or visit their website for more information.