Written on: January 10, 2022
Winter is here! Shoveling your driveway when there’s snow and ice on the ground may not be your favorite chore, but if you are committed to maintaining your propane heating system, it’s a worthwhile task to undertake. Below, we’ll discuss a few important winter reminders for propane tank maintenance to take note of, now that the colder months in the Upper Midwest have arrived.
Propane is delivered through a so-called fill pipe, which fills your tank with the propane you need to heat your home and water, and cook your meals. Your fill pipe is secured with a cap, much like the gas cap we’re all familiar with on our vehicles. Most of the time, this cap works great and we don’t give it much thought, but on the off-chance that something happens to the cap to cause it to become dislodged, broken or lost, water or debris could accidentally enter your propane tank – and that’s a big no-no.
When the weather is cold enough, that means snow or slush could make its way into your propane tank, essentially contaminating all your great, eco-friendly fuel. Nobody wants that. But the truth is, even if snow and ice don’t get IN your fill pipe, it’s still not great for your propane tank. The presence of ice and water over time can lead to corrosion and buildup around your tank. In turn, this can cause your heating system not to work as efficiently, and to eventually need repairs.
For that reason, it’s important to protect your propane tank in the winter by:
With Lakes Gas as your propane provider, you can rest assured that we’re looking out for your safety. From precise tank monitoring, to careful, thorough maintenance, to reliable propane delivery, we’ve got your covered. Our technicians are trained to keep you and your family safe. Our staff is certified by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), in cooperation with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).