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How To Monitor Your Propane Tank Level

Prevent Unnecessary Runouts

propane tank monitor vermontOur customers in Manchester, Stratton, Sunderland, and nearby Southern Vermont communities love our easy automatic propane delivery service. It can be a great way to prevent running out of propane or heating oil! But automatic deliveries aren’t the best solution for everyone.

When your fuel patterns are inconsistent—whether it’s because you only use your house on weekends, or you run a rental property—you may use a lot of fuel one month and less at other times. That makes it hard to use our algorithm to best predict your needs. Even things like using a propane fireplace often can have an impact on your scheduling. That’s why the real-time accuracy of our wireless tank monitoring service is so great!

How Does a Tank Monitor Work?

Wireless tank monitors track the level of propane or heating oil in your tank in real-time and transmit your usage via wireless cellular technology. When the tank gauge reaches a pre-set level, the monitor alerts us—and you—directly via a wireless mobile app.

In addition to timely alerts, the app gives you even more control and insight. You can use it to easily track and adjust your monthly energy consumption which can help you save on energy costs.

Even if you don’t use it to improve energy efficiency, a tank monitor can save you the expense and hassle of fuel runouts and take the guesswork out of knowing when to order fuel—especially if you’re ordering propane for a second home.

What Happens When I Run Out of Propane or Heating Oil?

If you’ve never run out of propane, you don’t know what a hassle it can be. There’s the inconvenience, of course. There’s the cost of an emergency fill-up, plus a leak test for safety.

And, if you rely on propane for heat, you can add the potential for frozen pipes and the expense of that repair. If you lose heat and it’s cold enough, water in your pipes will start to freeze and expand, resulting in cracks or breaks. A tiny crack of just an eighth of an inch will leak more than 250 gallons of water a day and a burst pipe will release a real flood.

Even if your tank doesn’t hit completely empty, you’ll have problems. When propane levels get too low, air can get into your system, which can lead to expensive damage. In general, you shouldn’t let your tank’s propane level go below 20%.

And if you use heating oil, letting your tank run completely empty may result in emergency delivery fees!

Better Manage Your Fuel Usage with a Tank Monitor from Dorr!

A wireless tank monitor is easy to install, and we can have you ready to go in a matter of minutes!

Contact us today to find out more about the benefits of wireless tank monitoring and how we can get you set up—100% hassle-free.