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What You Need to Do to Prepare for Winter
October 18, 2021
Written By Adam Buckallew
The best time to start planning for winter is now, and your local MFA Oil propane office can help. Propane systems are a safe, effective way to keep your family comfortable and your home humming all winter long. But it’s always important to make the necessary winter preparations to ensure the colder months go according to plan.
These tips can help ensure your propane-powered heating systems and appliances work reliably when called upon throughout the season.
Have your propane tank filled before cold weather arrives.
If you haven’t already filled your tank for the winter, do so now. You don’t want to run out unexpectedly and have to request an emergency refill during a cold snap.
Make sure you have enough propane.
Consider signing up for our Auto-Fill Program that utilizes tank-monitoring technology and factors in past usage and weather conditions to tell us when you need a delivery. If you’re responsible for keeping track of your propane supply, check the gauge on the tank regularly. If you are unsure how to read your propane tank’s gauge, watch this short video. Call us when your tank levels are between 40% and 20%.
If you run out of propane, call your local MFA Oil office immediately.
If you run out of propane, call your local MFA Oil office immediately. We will need to send a qualified service technician to inspect your system and test for leaks before placing your propane system back in operation.
Maintain a clear path to your propane tank.
Clear enough space in your driveway for a delivery truck, and shovel a path to the tank through snow and ice.
Keep outdoor vents, chimneys, and flues clear of snow, ice, and debris.
Adequate ventilation is essential to prevent appliance failure or carbon monoxide, an odorless gas that can cause sickness and death, from accumulating in your home.
Never use outdoor appliances indoors.
Keep grills, generators, and patio heaters outdoors. They emit carbon monoxide.