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How To Read a Propane Tank Gauge

Written on: March 11, 2024

Tank monitoring from Lakes Gas gives you peace of mind

propane tank wisconsin Whether you use propane for heating, cooking, or powering various appliances, understanding your propane tank gauge is crucial to managing your fuel supply effectively.

Monitoring your tank helps you avoid running out of propane at inconvenient times and ensures you can plan for timely refills. However, many homeowners are unsure of how to check their propane levels accurately.

Lakes Gas takes the work of managing your propane supply off your to-do list with our wireless propane tank monitoring. These monitors use the same technology that’s in your smartphone to keep us informed 24/7 of exactly how much is in your propane tank.

In this detailed guide, we break down the process of reading your propane tank gauge, explore factors affecting your consumption, offer tips for maintaining optimal levels, and troubleshoot common issues. Let’s dive into the specifics of mastering your propane supply management.

All about propane tank gauges

Before you can read a propane tank gauge, it’s important to know a bit about the different types that are commonly used and how they function.

There are typically two types of gauges installed on propane tanks: analog and digital. Analog gauges are the traditional dials with a needle that points to a fullness level. Digital gauges, on the other hand, provide a more precise reading and can sometimes be checked remotely.

Analog gauges function through a float connected to a moving indicator. The float rises and falls with the tank’s propane level, moving the connected arm and indicator needle. Digital gauges often use ultrasonic technology to measure the actual propane level. Both types are generally accurate within a few percentage points, but digital ones tend to be more precise.

Reading the propane tank gauge

Reading your propane tank gauge is a straightforward process, but it requires a bit of patience and some basic knowledge.

Analog gauges: To check an analog gauge, simply look at the needle’s position. It’s marked with different levels, usually ranging from ‘Empty’ to ‘Full.’ Note the position of the needle and the corresponding fullness level.

Digital gauges: Digital gauges can vary in terms of reading methods, but most will require you to press a button to initiate the reading. Follow the specific instructions for your gauge to get an accurate propane level.

Factors affecting propane consumption

Propane usage isn’t consistent throughout the year, and several factors can cause your supply to deplete faster than usual.

Cold weather increases the demand for propane, especially for heating. If winters are long and harsh in your area, you may find yourself refilling your tank more frequently.

The number and type of appliances you run on propane can make a significant difference. A family with a high-efficiency furnace as the only propane appliance will use much less than a household running multiple gas stoves, dryers, and water heaters.

Automatic Delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring from Lakes Gas ensure that your Upper Midwest home will always have the propane it needs to stay warm, safe, and comfortable. Contact us today to learn more.