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What to Do If You Run Out of Propane

Written on: June 5, 2023

propane runout Clarks Summit, pa As someone who lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania, you know you can’t afford to run out of propane during the winter. So you make sure that you always have enough propane to keep your heating system up and running. Now that we’re enjoying the warmer months of the year, you might be tempted to pay less mind to your propane tank. That would be a mistake. Even if it isn’t the dead of winter, you never want to let your propane tank run too low.

Running out of propane when it’s cold outside is a matter of health and safety. However, running out of propane at any time of year can do damage to your system and will mean expenses and inconveniences you could have avoided by keeping enough propane in your tank.

What Happens When You Run Out of Propane?

Hopefully you’ve never experienced a runout before. If you have, you know what a pain in the neck (and hit to the wallet) it is. Ask anyone who’s ever experienced a propane runout before, and they’ll tell you what a disaster it was.

Again, you already know that running out during the winter months can put your family’s health and safety at risk. It’s more than inconvenient or uncomfortable to be without heat in the dead of winter. It’s dangerous. But it’s no picnic during the warmer months either.

If your tank completely runs out of propane, do you know what you have to do? It’s not as simple as just calling for a propane delivery and everything’s fine once it arrives. You’ll also need to call in a professional to get your system back up and running again. You can’t do it yourself. That’s an expense (and a wait for service) you can avoid by keeping enough propane in your tank.

You should also know that your propane tank doesn’t have to be completely empty for you to have problems. When the propane level in your tank gets too low, air gets into your heating system. That can cause expensive damage. As a rule, you shouldn’t let your tank’s propane level go below 20%. That’s a good rule of thumb for all year long.

There are two basic ways to make sure you never let your propane levels get too low. One is to vigilantly check your tank’s level yourself. The easier option is to make use of a propane tank monitor. Ace-Robbins offers tank monitoring in addition to tank delivery and installation.

How Does a Propane Tank Monitor Work?

First, Ace-Robbins professionally installs a monitor on your tank. Once it’s installed, you can download our free TankUtility app on your phone or mobile device. The app can give you real-time alerts when your tank’s level is getting low.

You’ll be able to see your tank level and track your monthly fuel consumption whenever you want and from anywhere—even while away on vacation! However, you don’t have to be responsible for monitoring your fuel levels. We’ll also monitor your tank’s level to help prevent runouts.

The cost to lease the monitor for your tank is a nominal fee. And it’s more than worth the peace of mind you’ll gain by eliminating the guesswork of when you need a fill-up and removing the likelihood of having a runout and the expenses and problems that can lead to.

Should You Get a Propane Tank Monitor?

Even if you’ve never run out of propane in the past, a propane tank monitor is a good idea. It’s a great value. All year long you’ll get peace of mind and avoid the costly problems associated with running out of propane for just a nominal monthly fee. Why not let Ace-Robbins take care of all your propane needs with our dependable and affordable service?

Serving Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Sullivanm, and Wyoming counties, Ace-Robbins, gives our customers the tools they need to stay on top their propane usage and delivery schedule.

Contact Ace-Robbins today for more information on propane tank monitors or to schedule your next propane delivery.