Propane Tank Warning Signs To Watch For
Written on: July 30, 2021
Propane tanks are built to last, and most of the time they don’t require much care beyond maintenance and periodic refills. But like any mechanical device, they can develop problems over time.
If you have a troubled propane tank, you’ll most likely notice one or more of these four signs. If you do, contact us right away for expert propane service in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
- Sign #1: You smell propane gas. The smell of propane isn’t pleasant, and that’s done for a reason: Propane is naturally odorless, but a chemical is added to make it smell like rotten eggs, making leak detection much easier. If you smell gas, get everyone out of the house, including pets, and contact us from a safe distance. If we can’t be reached, call 911. Do not return home unless a professional says it is safe to do so.
- Sign #2: Extinguished pilot lights. If it seems that the pilot lights on your furnace or other propane appliances go out frequently, you could have a problem with your propane tank. If you have a leak, for example, automatic safety features will cut off the gas supply from the tank. There could also be a blockage in the gas line. Contact your propane supplier if your pilot lights keep going out.
- Sign #3: A yellow burner flame. A burning propane flame should be blue, not yellow or orange. If your stove burners or pilot light flames are yellow or orange, it could indicate a problem with your tank – especially if multiple appliances are affected.
- Sign #4: A rusty tank. Little patches of rust may not be a problem, but large or deep patches and dents could call for a propane tank replacement. Rust can penetrate into the interior of the tank, causing leaks and allowing moisture into the tank – two problems you definitely want to avoid.
Having problems with your propane tank? We can help. Contact us today to learn more about propane tanks and professional propane tank installation in MI, MN, SD and WI!