Propane tank installation should always be done by a professional and should never be attempted on your own. When you use propane for the home, you can use the existing tank or buy a new one if the existing tank shows signs of wear or is not large enough.
Here are signs you need a new propane tank for your home. Call your propane specialist if you have any concerns about your current propane tank so you can stay safe in your home with a proper heating unit you can rely on.
You need frequent refills
If you are having your propane tank refilled more than your propane specialist recommends, or you are making frequent calls to fill your tank lately, then your propane tank may be too small for your home's needs. Frequent refills can be caused by the winter season creating more need for heat. You may also need more frequent propane tank refills because you have added another heating unit to your home and now use more propane to keep your home warm.
A new propane tank may be required in this case to give you a larger tank that will meet your needs. Keep in mind that propane tanks are commonly filled to around 80% capacity to allow for expansion. Your propane specialist will let you know if a new propane tank installation is necessary for your needs.
Your current tank is breaking or older
Your current propane tank may not be meeting your needs if it's pulling away from its foundation, has deep cracks or rusting around the outside, is aged and worn, or is otherwise unreliable as a unit. When your propane tank is breaking or showing ample signs of wear, call your propane specialist to assist you by installing a new unit.
An older propane tank will need to be replaced as well. The average propane tank lasts around two decades or more, depending on a few factors, so if your propane tank is older, you may need to have a new propane tank put in. Your propane tank installation will require an appointment so your propane company has time to order in a new tank appropriate for your needs.
The only way to know for sure if you need a new propane tank installation done on your property is to call your propane specialist and ask for their advice. They'll send a propane specialist to your home to determine if a new tank is what you need.