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How Long Does a Propane Tank Last – and Other Important Questions

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The propane tank is the heart of your propane-powered home, pumping propane gas to appliances that will keep your family warm and your home more fun and comfortable all year long.

But how much do you really know about propane tanks? Here are three important questions and answers to get you started.

1. How long should a propane tank last? Propane tanks are built for the long haul: on average, a high quality, properly maintained galvanized aboveground propane tank or propane cylinder should last 30 years or more, while some aluminum and composite cylinders can last even longer. Much of the propane tank longevity equation comes down to the size and use of the tank and how well it has been cared for – for example, propane tanks that are installed underground have a shorter average life expectancy of 20 to 30 years, depending on the soil type and whether or not the tank was installed properly.

2. How large a propane tank do I need? Propane tanks come in a range of sizes; choosing the right size for your Connecticut home depends on the kind of propane appliances and equipment that you intend to run. Here are some common propane tank sizes and some of the appliances they typically power:

3. What are some of these rules and regulations about propane tank placement? The placement of a propane tank is determined by federal, state and local laws, which must be observed at all times. Here are some of the most important ones:

Propane tanks under 125 gallons water capacity:

Propane tanks 125-500 gallons water capacity:

Propane tanks up to 2000 gallons water capacity:

Have any more questions about propane tanks? Contact a propane expert at Hocon Gas today to learn more!