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What Happens If I Run out of Propane?

Posted: October 25, 2016

When advising our customers in Newton Grove, Fayetteville, Smithfield, Wilmington and other North Carolina communities, we frequently recommend that they consider a propane tank monitor to prevent run-outs. We see far too many propane run-outs, often resulting from inattention to tank levels.

Empty fuel gauge

You may think running out of propane will just affect the ability to heat your house. But the truth is, running out of gas can cause many problems — and potential propane safety issues — for your home.

How tank run-outs can affect your propane systems and equipment

Consider the following consequences of letting your propane tank run out.

A less livable home

Even if you aren’t worried about home heating because it’s warm outside, running out of propane can put other essential equipment out of commission:

Rust in your tank

When your propane tank runs empty, air and moisture can accumulate inside and cause rust build-up. This rust reduces the rotten egg smell of propane, making a leak more difficult to detect.

Additional expenses to fix the run-out

To begin with, you may have to pay extra for an emergency propane delivery. But there are other costs you’ll incur, too.

Leaving a valve or gas line open when the propane supply runs out can cause a leak when the system is recharged. If you run out of gas, your pilot lights will go out — a very dangerous situation if not handled properly. By federal code, all out-of-gas calls require a visit from a qualified technician to perform a pressure and leak test in your home. You will need to pay for this.

Parker Gas can help you prevent run-outs at little or no cost!

When it comes down to it, running out of propane is just not worth the hassle or risks — especially when there are so many ways we can help you avoid the problem.

With FREE Automatic Propane Delivery from Parker Gas, our computers will monitor your historical propane usage and the weather to estimate when you’ll need a refill. We offer the service free because it helps us, too, by letting us plan our deliveries in the most efficient way rather than simply responding to emergencies.

The bottom line: when you sign up for FREE Automatic Propane Delivery, you’ll never have to think about run-outs — or about scheduling a refill and waiting for a delivery — again.

For even more peace of mind — especially if your propane usage is unpredictable or you manage fuel deliveries for a property where you don’t live — you can install a TankWatch wireless tank monitor. This service is free for Parker Gas customers with propane whole-house heat or a propane water heater. It gives you real-time fuel data that you can follow on a free app. Parker Gas also tracks this data so we know precisely when to deliver your fuel.

Get 100% peace of mind. Contact us today to learn more about Automatic Delivery and TankWatch monitoring.