Propane Basics: Reading & Shutting Off Your Propane Tank

- 3:38 pm - January 7th, 2021

As a Harris Comfort customer, you likely already know that propane is one of the most versatile fuels available that has an excellent record of safety to boot! That being said, propane equipment can still be a tad bit intimidating for those who aren’t that familiar with it. You can use propane and still not be used to the equipment.

That’s okay! We’re here to help with some general knowledge from the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) that all propane users should have!

Reading Your Propane Tank Gauge

When using propane, it’s important to know how to read your propane tank gauge so you can better avoid running out of fuel. Although it might seem intimidating, checking the gauge is easy!

  • Open the lid of the propane tank to reveal the gauge.

    • Note: Since propane expands and contracts inside the tank as outdoor temperatures change, propane tanks are filled to about 80% capacity.

    • The numbers on the gauge express how full the tank is as a percentage. When the needle is on 80, you have a full tank. When the needle is on 40, the tank is half-full of propane.

    • If your tank runs out of propane, national safety code requires that a qualified professional inspect your propane system before the gas is turned back on.

Shutting Off Your Propane Tank

Knowing how to shut off your propane tank is crucial – even if you never end up using this knowledge, it’ll be good to have just in case!

  • Open the lid of the propane tank to reveal the shut-off valve.

  • Turn the shut-off valve to the right, or clockwise, to stop the flow of propane.

  • If you have more than one tank, shut them all off the same way.

  • Whenever the gas has been turned off, national safety codes require that a professional tests your propane system before turning the gas back on and re-lighting pilots.

We hope this information helps propane customers feel more comfortable around their propane equipment. If you ever have any questions about how to use your propane system, feel free to contact us online or call 215-968-7477.