If you're moving into a home that relies on propane, you'll need to make sure you're completely informed about your home's needs. This is especially true if you haven't used propane in the home before. These systems require maintenance and regular fuel refills, all of which rely on your knowledge of the system.
Brotherton Propane in West Plains, MO, recommends gathering the following information before you move in:
Which Appliances Rely on Propane?
You may use propane for only a select few applications or for many devices throughout the house. Heating, cooking, water heaters, dryers, and more can all run on propane, so note which appliances are part of the system.
Where Is the Tank?
Locate your tank before you move in to ensure you know how to access it. Most rental properties will place their propane tanks above ground for cheaper installation and easier access, but they can also be below ground for aesthetic reasons.
How Big Is It?
The capacity of your propane tank will determine how often it needs to be refilled. Check the size of the tank and monitor the energy use in your home to figure out when you'll likely need a refill.
Who Owns the Tank?
Some propane tanks belong to the homeowner, while others are rented out by the gas company. Make sure you know which yours is. If you're renting, you'll need to budget for monthly fees; if you own the tank outright, you'll need to plan for maintenance costs.
Where Are the Maintenance Records?
To help you in scheduling maintenance—or keeping up with your gas company's maintenance schedule—you'll need the records of previous maintenance visits. Getting acquainted with these will warn you of recurring problems or let you know if a tank hasn't been properly serviced.
By getting familiar with your propane system ahead of time, you can accurately budget for expenses and plan timely maintenance. Make sure to get these questions answered before you buy the home. For more advice or to arrange propane delivery to your new tank, call Brotherton Propane at (417) 256-5067 or send a service request online.