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5 Tank Selection Tips For Michigan Propane Customers

December 20, 2016 / Joshua Prizer / Propane, Propane Tanks

Propane is a fantastic energy source; in fact it’s even listed as a green fuel by the U.S. government. Additionally, propane is highly efficient so you’ll use less propane to achieve the same energy output that you would if using sources such as coal or heating oil. If you are ready to make the switch and want to start using Michigan propane, here are a few helpful facts about propane tanks that you need to know.

1. You Can Opt For Above-Ground Or Underground Tanks

In many areas, Michigan propane customers can opt for either an above-ground tank or a one that is placed underground. There are advantages and disadvantages to both options. For instance, while underground tanks have virtually no parts located above ground, they also are more expensive than above-ground tanks. Not every yard is well suited to an underground tank. When you give us a call, one of our tank experts will come out and assess your yard to see what type of tank will be the best option. Keep in mind that the delivery person must be able to easily and safely access your tank for refills, and there are certain laws regarding the placement of tanks in general.

2. Used Vs. New Propane Tanks

Do you want a new or used tank? Do you want to buy or lease? These are questions we will ask when we talk over the phone or make our initial visit. Our new tanks and refurbished tanks both include fresh paint, new valves and the same 10-year warranty. The only difference is the price. For instance, our new 500-gallon tanks run about $1,299 while a refurbished tank is just $1,999.

When it comes to leasing versus owning, cost is usually a factor. After all, it only costs about a dollar to lease a tank. Typically, a tank lease does require you to purchase your Michigan propane only from the company from which you lease the tank. If you own the tank, you are always free to purchase from any propane supplier. If buying a tank is not something you can afford immediately, you might consider our lease-to-own program. We also give customers a free tank if they pre-buy a set amount of propane. For instance, if you pre-buy 2,500 gallons of propane, we will give you a free 500-gallon propane tank.

3. Propane Tanks Come In Many Sizes

We sell many different sizes of propane tanks, including 120-gallon tanks, 250-gallon tanks, 320-gallon tanks, 500-gallon tanks and 1,000-gallon tanks. The size that you select will be based on a number of factors. For instance, we must select a tank size that fits in your yard size and shape and still provides access for our delivery personnel. The tank also must be placed at a certain distance from your home and other buildings on your property, so this also might affect size.

The amount of propane you will use during the course of the year also can affect the size of the Michigan propane tank you select. For instance, a small home with few residents might get by just fine with a 250-gallon tank, but a larger family in a larger home will use more propane and might prefer a larger tank. Likewise, if you wish to run many appliances on propane, you will be using more of this fuel, and it might be wise to consider the 500-gallon tank or larger. We can help you decide which tank size makes the most sense for your unique situation.

4. Remember The 80/20 Fill Rule

After we install your propane tank and the delivery person has left, you probably will notice that your Michigan propane tank is not 100% full. This is normal and necessary. Propane is a gas, as you probably already know, and it is a gas that expands when the temperature changes. If the outside temperatures go up, you will notice that your valve shows that more propane is in the tank. Propane delivery companies are required to leave extra room in the tanks to ensure that the propane has expansion space, so don’t be surprised if your levels are not at 100% when we leave.

5. Proper Propane Tank Care

Valves will need to be replaced every few years as these do wear out. However, aside from replacing the valves occasionally, propane tanks don’t require a great deal of maintenance. Basically, you need to check occasionally to ensure that there are no rusty areas on the tank. If there is rust, this will need to be removed and fresh paint will need to be applied. It is important to note that special paint must be used on a propane tank. You need to use light colors that are reflective. If you use colors that absorb heat, this can cause the temperature of the propane to increase and this gas will expand in your tank.

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