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Explore frequently asked questions, including common issues and information about your tank. 

  • Where is the gauge on my propane tank located?
  • Can I paint my propane tank?
    Yes, but you can only paint your propane tank with colors that will reflect heat. Dark colors absorb heat while lighter colors reflect it, so it is best to choose light colors. Tejas Propane will not deliver if your tank is not a light, reflective color. Remember that rust is a color and will contribute to the absorption of heat. You may be asked to clean up and paint a rusty tank.
  • How do I read my tank and know how much propane I have in my tank?
    Watch this video for a step by step overview of how to read your propane tank's gauge.
  • What are the different types of propane tank regulators?
    Although the purpose of a propane regulator is the same, regulator selection is determined solely by the application requirements, specifically the downstream demand of the regulator. This will inform the type of regulator and where it should be located within the system. Some propane systems incorporate multiple regulators for efficiency, while others, such as a grill, only need one low BTU grill regulator. Our propane expert at Tejas Propane will tell you when it is time to replace a regulator. Types of regulators include: High Pressure Regulators First Stage Regulators Second Stage Regulators Integral Two-Stage Regulators Adjustable High-Pressure Regulators Automatic Changeover Regulators
  • How do I know how much propane I have in my tank?
    Tejas Propane recommends that you contact us when your tank is at 20%.
  • Is rust on my tank a problem?
    Yes, rust can be an issue for your propane tank because it is a dark color that contributes to the absorption of heat. Another issue caused by rusted tanks is pitting, which happens when a tank is excessively rusted, eating away at the surface of the tank. Remove rust by sanding or scraping the surface with a wire brush.
  • How long will propane stay good in my tank?
    Unlike diesel's one-year shelf life and gasoline's three- to six-month shelf life, propane can be stored indefinitely so it is highly effective and convenient for both residential and commercial sectors, and the ideal partner in emergency preparedness plans
  • The valve is open, but no gas comes out.
    OPD (Overfill Protection Device) Valves are designed so that propane will not flow from the service valve unless it is hooked up to a hose end connection. Unattached propane cylinders equipped with OPD valves will not allow gas to flow when the service valve (handwheel) is opened.
  • Can I do my own propane system repairs?
    No, a licensed propane gas professional should perform all repairs and modifications to your propane system. People wanting to fix their own leaks or make changes to their system is probably the single most important safety issue in the propane industry. Contact Tejas Propane and let our propane expert fix or make modifications to your system.
  • How can I protect my regulators, and when should I replace my regulator(s)?
    For the most part, you can protect your regulators by keeping them covered. Regulators are typically found under the tank dome, or if they are installed outside the dome, the vent will point down. The vent should have a screen that keeps insects, rain, and dust out of the regulators. You can easily protect an uncovered regulator by cutting an empty plastic milk bottle to fit over the regulator until its placement and position can be corrected. Propane regulators should be replaced according to the manufacturer, but most have a 15-25 year life span. If your regulator needs replacing or if you believe it may be faulty, reach out to Tejas Propane today.
  • Can I move my propane tank myself?
    Similar to modifying your own propane system, the best way to move your tank is by contacting Tejas Propane directly. Too many things can go wrong by trying to move your own tank. For example, if the tank still contains liquid propane, it will be heavier than an empty tank, and the lifting lugs will be damaged. If the tank rolls when setting it down, valves and fittings can be damaged or broken off, which may allow the propane to vent dangerously into the surrounding area. You will likely need to add a propane line if you are moving the tank, which should always be done by a professional.

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