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How Does Cold Weather Affect My Propane?

Written on: November 20, 2023

Be secure in your home’s propane supply with Lakes Gas!

propane tank wisconsin With winter weather already making an appearance here in the Upper Midwest, you should be thinking about your home’s propane supply.

With reliable propane delivery from Lakes Gas, you can be assured that you’ll have the energy your home needs to stay warm and comfortable.

Can propane freeze or go bad?

Given that propane is stored in a liquid state within your tank, it’s only natural to have questions about the possibility of freezing.

No need to worry, as propane has an incredibly low freezing point of -306°F, a temperature that can only be attained under controlled conditions in scientific laboratories. This level of extreme cold is unattainable anywhere else on Earth!

Propane, with a boiling point of around -44°F, transitions from a gaseous state to a liquid state. Considering that the lowest temperature ever recorded in the International Falls is -55°F, the chances of such an event are possible but still incredibly low.

Propane offers an additional benefit: it doesn’t deteriorate like gasoline, diesel fuels, or heating oil.

Propane maintains its integrity over time and remains unaffected by chemical or physical reactions when stored in a tightly sealed tank. As a result, when properly stored for extended periods, propane maintains its effectiveness from the day of purchase. This makes propane an excellent choice for a wide range of appliances and equipment in your home, whether it’s a frequently used water heater or an occasionally accessed space heater or fireplace. Propane offers numerous unbeatable advantages, making it a versatile and reliable option.

Propane’s exceptional durability and reliability make it the optimal selection for whole-house standby generators. Unlike gasoline or diesel alternatives, propane guarantees that users won’t find themselves in a predicament during power outages. With propane, there is no need to worry about fuel degradation inside the generator’s tank or the unavailability of fresh fuel.

Rest easy knowing that you have a reliable source of propane stored safely in your home’s propane tank. With this assurance, your standby generator will activate precisely when you need it, providing you with continuous power without fail.

How to protect your propane supply

While propane itself does not freeze, frigid temperatures can still impact the pressure inside your propane tank.

Just like any other liquid, propane contracts when the temperature drops. This contraction leads to a decrease in pressure, which may eventually hinder the gas flow to your burner if it becomes too low. Hence, it is crucial to understand how cold weather impacts the pressure levels in your tank to ensure optimal performance throughout the winter season.

Here are ways to keep the pressure in your tank positive.

Keep your propane tank at least 30% full: To guarantee an uninterrupted supply of propane, it is vital to keep the tank pressure above 30% capacity. For a seamless and worry-free experience, we recommend taking advantage of Lakes Gas’ Automatic Delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring services. With these services, you can have peace of mind knowing that your propane tank will never run low, and timely deliveries will be arranged to meet your specific requirements.

Turn down the thermostat: You don’t have to compromise on home comfort. By slightly lowering your thermostat, you can decrease the frequency of your heating system turning on. This not only helps maintain the pressure in your propane tank but also prevents it from reaching dangerously low levels. To effortlessly make this adjustment, consider utilizing a smart or programmable thermostat.

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