Winter is coming around the corner, this means winterizing your different outdoor appliances, bringing plants inside and preparing for the freezing temperatures. When propane is exposed to extreme heat and extreme cold the pressure in your tank gets higher with heat and lower with cold.
Propane tanks can freeze up while in use. Usually it is a sign the regulator is feeding the propane too quickly, or there is a high level of humidity. It may be alarming to notice the tank is freezing up, but it is not dangerous. However, it can leave you without propane until the tank is unfrozen. In very cold conditions, there may not be enough vapor pressure in your tank to keep your system/appliance working properly. The colder it is outside, the lower the pressure will be in your tank.
Here are some ways you can avoid pressure issues with your propane tanks in the cold
• Keep your tank full by filling it up when it gets to 20% full.
• Never attempt to cover up your tank. This will merely insulate the propane inside the tank from the natural heat of the daytime sun, possibly making the problem worse
• For the same reason, dont let snow build up on your tank because it will keep it colder than the outside temperature.
Never use an open flame or electrical device in the vicinity of a propane tank. Accidents involving “heating” a tank to boost pressure are not uncommon.
If you have done a vehicle conversion on your car or truck you might notice in the winter that there is no warm up time or trying to get diesel or gas engines to start in freezing temperatures. Propane powered engines are able to warm up quickly and start every time. Propane prices wont spike in the winter when you purchase through CoEnergy’s pre buy program.
At CoEnergy Propane we can talk to you about a propane conversion in your truck or car and see if it is a right fit. We love propane conversions and our whole fleet of vehicles has been converted to propane power.