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How to Read Your Propane Gauge

Written on: August 10, 2018

We are always looking for ways to help improve the working knowledge of our customer base, so that everyone can better understand the equipment and tools necessary to ensure that each of you are comfortable in your homes and at your place of work.

Reading a propane gauge can sometimes be confusing. First of all…the gauge only goes to 80%. Other things to take into consideration is the outside temperature as well as how many appliances use propane. Let’s walk you through the steps on how to read your propane gauge.

First, we have to find the gauge! To do so, carefully open up the dome on top of your propane tank. Please use extra caution in the summer time. Wasps and Hornets love to make their nests in the domes as they are warm and offer good protection from the elements.

Once the dome is open, you will notice the quite a few objects. The gauge will be the only one with visible numbers. In the photo below, the small orange arrow on the right is pointing to the gauge. Although it is facing us in the upside-down position, we are still able to read the numbers. This tank is reading full at 80%.

This gauge illustration/example on the left has a dial that reads up to 95%. Most common gauges will only display a dial to 80%. The important thing to remember here is that if your gauge reads 25% or lower…it is time to call for a fill up!

Once you know your percentage of fuel, use the chart below to calculate the gallons of propane remaining. Remember, a tank is filled to a maximum of 80%.

Please call us if you have any questions about your gauge, your tank, or if you need a fill up.

Remember, you can always have your account on Automatic Delivery and then you won’t have to worry about reading the gauge.

We also have more information and a video on how to read your tank gauge on our Propane Safety Tip Page.