Read Your Gauge/Meter

Curious to know how much propane is left or when you need to place an order? Here are some easy instructions on how to read your gauge.

GasTec Gauge/Meter

For our 100lb propane tank systems, there is an automatic change over the regulator/indicator that is connected between the two tanks. While these tank systems are great units for customers that have a fairly low annual usage, unfortunately, no manufacturers make them with a gauge. The regulator/indicator between the tanks will help you to know when it’s time to place an order. This system will draw the propane completely out of one tank first.  When this first propane cylinder runs empty, the flow of the propane will automatically switch and start drawing from the second tank (as long as it’s turned on). At the same time, there is a window with two colors that will change. When the first tank has propane in it, it will show green. When that cylinder is empty, it will change to red. It’s that simple.

Once you notice the red flag, it’s time to request a delivery. Once our driver has either exchanged or filled up this tank, they will switch the indicator to point to the tank that it is currently drawing from. This will start a very simple cycle of back and forth between the tanks.  As a general rule or guideline, depending on your use, we suggest checking this indicator once a week or once a month, just to avoid a long time between the switch over. Occasionally, the indicator may not make a full turn from Green to Red.  If you see a flag with both red and green, good chances are that the indicator is reading empty. 

For tanks that hold 50 gallons or more of propane, there may be a percentage gauge on them. In almost all situations, these gauges are under the lid of the tank, near the fill valve and on/off valve. These gauges are read in a percentage of the remaining propane in the tank. While usually close to gallons, because propane tanks are not filled to 100% (see our FAQ’s for a description about how much your tank can hold). If you are on a will-call delivery basis, the best time to call (for the best pricing, and to ensure your delivery is made prior to you running out of propane) is when the tank is approximately 30 to 40% full. Our will call delivery times will range about three to five business days after your request is received, year-round. We understand that sometimes you may miss this reading, or emergencies happen, like a generator turning on, etc, so for those situations, we do offer an emergency service delivery.

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