How to Check Your Propane Tank Level

Brass Valve closed on a propane tank

Propane heat is an ideal choice for anyone looking to lower their utility bills and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, or for those whose home heating needs shift significantly throughout the year. By providing your household with independent, off-grid heat and energy, propane allows homeowners to adopt a more hands-on role in monitoring and modifying their usage.

How do you check your propane tank level, though? And what do you do when those levels get low?

At Heller’s Gas, we know there are multiple ways for the average homeowner to check their own propane tank levels. Below, we’ve outlined four of the simplest and most reliable methods for how to check the propane level in a large tank or a small one.

As for what you should do when you need a refill, we can help with that as well. With our flexible payment options and the freedom to schedule propane deliveries only when you need them—you don’t even have to be at home!—Heller’s Gas makes home heating easy, affordable, and stress-free.

3 Ways to Check Your Home’s Propane Tank Level

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Not everyone wants to mess around with bathroom scales and cups of water, and even those who have indicator gauges on their tanks may not want or be able to go outside to check them directly, especially during these cold, winter months Luckily, today’s technology means you don’t have to!Heller’s Gas is proud to offer its own innovative propane tank monitor app to customers with either iOS or Android devices. Simply download and install our app, and you’ll be able to view your tank’s current level from anywhere at any time. Even better, the app can also transmit level readings to our technicians, allowing you to sign up for automatic refills whenever your tanks run low.

Consult Your Tank’s Gauge

If you’re using a tank from Heller’s Gas, the quickest and most convenient way to check your propane tank level is to go outside and check the gauge. If your gauge is reading 80%, your tank is full leaving room for expansion and vaporization in the tank. If your gauge shows a tank level of 30% or lower, you should schedule a refill. 

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but not all tanks come with easy-to-read gauges. While tank rental from Heller’s Gas is always free, some customers prefer to use their own tanks.

The “Warm Water” Method

If precision isn’t a major concern for you, another way to check your propane tank level is the “warm water” method. This clever trick involves heating up a glass of water, dousing your tank with it, then running your hand up and down the length of the tank.

Because of the physical reaction between the warm water on the tank’s surface and the gas inside, you’ll actually be able to feel a cold spot at the tank’s fill level, providing you with a rough idea of just how long you have left before the next refill.

Heller’s Gas is Here to Serve All Your Propane Needs

Since 1941, we at Heller’s Gas have strived to provide our community with the very best home heating services, ensuring that you and your loved ones can stay warm and comfy on even the coldest nights.

Those services don’t begin and end at propane tank level monitoring and scheduling refills, either. We also provide home heating system installation, maintenance, repair, and replacement. And with emergency services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, you can rest assured that you’ll never be without heat or help when you need it most.Contact us today to learn more and get a free quote!

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