How to Read a Propane Tank Gauge and When to Order a Delivery
January 20, 2022
Written By Adam Buckallew
Checking your propane tank gauge regularly is an easy way to ensure you always have enough fuel.
If you run out of propane, national safety codes require that a qualified technician inspects your system for leaks before placing your system back in service, which will require a technician to enter your home to inspect your propane system.
You can prevent your tank from running out of propane by checking your tank gauge often and calling your local MFA Oil propane office when the level is between 40% and 20%.
Checking the propane tank gauge is easy.
- Open the lid of your tank to reveal the gauge. Propane expands and contracts inside the tank as outside temperatures rise and fall. That’s why propane tanks are filled as closely as possible to 80% of capacity so that it has plenty of room to expand on hot days.
- The numbers you see on the gauge represent how full the tank is as a percentage. When the needle is on 80, the tank is full of propane. If the needle is on 40, your tank is half-full.
- Once the tank level drops below 40%, it’s time to call your local MFA Oil propane office to schedule a delivery.
If you would prefer not to have to worry about checking your propane tank gauge on a regular basis, you can sign up for our Auto-Fill Program, which uses tank-monitoring technology that factors in past usage and weather conditions to tell us when you need a propane delivery. You won’t need to check your tank gauge or worry about running out of propane—we’ll deliver when you need it. With our Keep Warm Guarantee, that’s a promise.