Is it Time to Replace your Home’s Propane Tank?

Modern technology has done wonders in advancing the safety and resiliency of propane tanks and equipment. Today, an underground propane storage tank can last between 20 to 30 years, while an aboveground propane tank can last up to 30 years! While a tank release is extremely rare, another benefit of propane is that it is a nontoxic and nonpoisonous fuel that will not contaminate your soil or groundwater in the event of a leak.


As a homeowner, it is important to regularly inspect your propane tank, if it is aboveground, or look for signs to catch potential problems early and avoid a leak or tank release before it has the opportunity to occur!


Your friends at Fairclough Propane put together this list of things that you should keep an eye out for because it could mean it’s time to replace your propane tank.


  • Increase in Energy Bills: If you have noticed an unusual increase in your fuel bills, that could mean that there is a leak in your propane tank. Call us directly at 973-383-1768 if you suspect a leak in your tank. 


  • Changes in Flame Color: The flame from a propane appliance should be entirely blue, with a yellow tip. If you notice different colors like red, orange, or yellow across your appliances, then it could be an issue with your tank. 


  • You Smell Propane: Propane is naturally an odorless gas. That unique rotten egg smell is added later so we can better identify a leak when it happens. If you smell rotten eggs around your propane tank or appliance, you should contact us for help immediately.


  • Rusting or Corrosion: Rust can weaken the integrity of your propane tank and increase the likelihood of a leak. If you see heavy rust or corrosion around the exterior of your tank, then it's time to replace it.


When it comes to propane, you need professionals. You need Fairclough Propane! Please contact us to request a delivery or if you suspect an issue with your propane tank.