If you’ve never run out of propane, you may not think if it ever happens, it’s probably not a big deal. But if your tank gets too low—or runs out completely—you’re required to get professional assistance to get your system back up and running again. Customers often ask why we must perform—and subsequently charge them for—a safety check when they let their propane tank hit empty.
It’s about safety. Your propane system is connected via a system of pipes, which are under constant pressure when the system is running. If the pressure changes in the lines—as happens when you run out of fuel—there is the possibility that the seals around pipe fittings could contract and create a leak. A leak test checks the integrity of these joints and seals. While propane is completely safe under most conditions, it can be highly flammable, so leaking propane lines can be dangerous. That’s why pressure tests are also required by state and federal law, as well as insurance rules.
In general, you shouldn’t let your tank’s propane level go below 20%. But it can be easy to forget to check your tank. Automatic deliveries are great if your propane usage is very consistent.
But we know our customers throughout Southern Maine rely on propane for essentials like home heating, water heating and cooking, as well as grilling, fireplace logs and more—things that can vary with the weather or the season. That’s why we’re introducing wireless propane tank monitors from Otodata!
Wireless tank monitors use wireless and cellular technology to monitor the level of propane in your tank in real time. When the tank gauge reaches a pre-set level, the monitor alerts us—and you—directly, and we schedule a timely delivery. That means no more runouts.
With a complimentary wireless mobile app, you have even more control and insight! This user-friendly app allows you to check your tank monitor any time of the day or night to see your usage patterns day-to-day, as well as exactly how much fuel is in your tank at any given time.
There are a lot of reasons to consider adding a wireless tank monitor to your propane tank, and eliminating runouts is just the top of the list.
Installing your propane tank monitor is quick and easy—we can have you set up and ready to go in a matter of minutes! Contact us today to find out more about the benefits of wireless tank monitoring and how we can get you set up—100% hassle-free.