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Does the Cold Affect the Quality of My Propane?

Learn about the durability of propane

propane tank Mount Olive, nc While Eastern North Carolina may not get the deep-freeze temperature states up north do, it can still get chilly here. Low temperatures drop into the 30s and below here during the winter.

Those temperatures may have you wondering if cold weather impacts the propane in your home’s propane tank.

Parker Gas is here to show you that there’s no need to worry about the quality of your propane.

Can propane freeze or go bad?

As the propane in your tank is stored in a liquid state, it’s natural that there may be questions about its potential to freeze.

There is no cause for concern as propane has a freezing point of -306°F, a temperature that can only be achieved in scientific laboratories. This level of extreme cold cannot be reached anywhere else on Earth!

Propane has a boiling point of approximately -44°F, below which it ceases to exist as a gas and remains in liquid form. Given that the lowest temperature ever recorded in the greater Wilmington area is 0°F, the likelihood of such an occurrence is exceedingly low.

Another advantage of propane is that, unlike fuels such as gasoline, diesel fuels, or heating oil, it doesn’t “go bad.”

Propane maintains its integrity over time and, when stored in a tightly sealed tank, remains unaffected by chemical or physical reactions. As a result, when properly stored for extended periods, propane retains its effectiveness from the day of purchase. This makes propane an excellent choice for a wide range of appliances and equipment in your home. Whether it’s a daily-used water heater or an occasionally accessed space heater or fireplace, propane offers numerous unbeatable advantages.

Propane’s longevity and stability make it the ideal choice for whole-house standby generators. Unlike gasoline or diesel versions, propane ensures that users are not left in a predicament during power outages. With propane, there is no concern about degraded fuel inside the generator’s tank or the unavailability of fresh fuel.

Rest easy knowing that you have a reliable source of propane stored safely in your home’s propane tank. With this assurance, your standby generator will activate precisely when you need it, providing you with continuous power without fail.

Protect your propane supply

While propane doesn’t freeze, cold weather can impact the pressure inside your propane tank.

That’s because, similar to other liquids, propane contracts as the temperature drops. This contraction leads to a reduction in pressure, which can eventually hinder the gas flow to your burner if it becomes too low. Therefore, it is crucial to be mindful of how cold weather affects the pressure levels within your tank to ensure optimal performance during the winter months.

Here are ways to keep the pressure in your tank positive.

Keep your propane tank at least 30% full: To ensure optimal propane supply, it is crucial to maintain a propane tank pressure above 30% capacity. For a reliable and hassle-free experience, consider utilizing Automatic Delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring services from Parker Gas. With these services, you can rest assured that your propane tank will never run low and timely deliveries will be made to meet your needs.

Turn down the thermostat: You don’t have to sacrifice comfort at home. By simply lowering your thermostat a few degrees, you can reduce the frequency of your heating system turning on. This not only helps maintain the pressure in your propane tank but also prevents it from getting too low. To make this adjustment effortless, consider using a smart or programmable thermostat.

Become a Parker Gas customer for the most reliable propane delivery and service!