How Long Does Propane Last?

Written on: September 25, 2023

The Reliable Fuel with No Shelf Life

propane expiration miami, fl If you’re a snowbird and you’ve left a car sitting with a tank full of gas for an extended period of time, you may have learned the hard way that, after about six months, its chemical properties of gasoline change and it won’t burn properly. Propane, on the other hand, never “goes bad.” That’s why propane is a smart choice for whole-house generators: You get the peace of mind that it’s always going to work when you need it.

Of course, it’s just one of many reasons why propane is a smart choice for all kinds of appliances and equipment in your home, like water heaters, home heating systems and laundry machines, which you use regularly, but also for those you use sporadically, like space heaters, pool heaters and firepits or fireplaces.

Propane Storage

While propane can’t expire, it’s important that your storage tank is maintained properly to avoid any problems. If you lease your propane storage tank from us, you don’t have to worry, we take care of this for you.

We provide expert, safe installation and maintenance of your propane storage tank, including moving or leveling it, if necessary, such as after a storm, as well as performing required pressure checks following any leaks or runouts.

When to comes to portable propane cylinders, however, you need to make certain that it conforms to Department of Transportation (DOT) safety standards. All DOT portable propane tanks must be recertified for use every 5 or 10 years, depending on the cylinder type, condition and previous recertification method.

Propane in the Heat

Extreme heat can cause propane to expand and increase the pressure in the tank, particularly if you have an above-ground storage tank. That’s why propane tanks are required to be painted in light-reflective colors, such as white, gray, and silver. This helps them stay cool. Dark colors attract and retain heat. This is true for large tanks as well as for the portable cylinders you use with a grill or an RV.

When weather is extremely hot—as we saw this summer—you can use your garden hose to spray your tank with cool water. This will help lower the pressure and temperature inside the tank. If the pressure does increase, an emergency valve will release gas safely into the air.

Tank Location

The location of your storage tank is important too—and not just for aesthetic reasons. If it isn’t buried, your tank needs to be on a stable base, typically a concrete slab, and positioned away from sources of heat. When we install your tank, we ensure it’s set up and positioned safely and adhering to all regulations.

Reliable Fuel, Reliable Service

As a local company with more than 70 years’ experience, Pico Propane are the pros that Miami residents trust for propane deliveries, appliance and equipment installations, maintenance and more. We’ve got the knowledge, skills and resources and can answer all your questions about the benefits of propane for your home or business. Get in touch with us today to learn more.