If you’re building or remodeling a home, you’ll choose a propane retailer with your builder or contractor and schedule a time for your tank to be placed. The propane retailer can help you navigate any decisions you need to make about your propane tank. They’ll provide guidance on appropriately sizing the tank — the average size is 500 gallons, but it may need to be larger or smaller depending on the propane systems installed in and around your home.
Owning or Leasing the Tank.
Many homeowners choose to rent a tank from a propane supplier. That way, you’re not responsible for maintaining the tank, and if it ever needs to be repaired or replaced, your supplier will take care of it. Owning the tank also means paying for a professional to maintain it, plus buying and installing it. Talk to your supplier about which option may be right for you. If you don’t already have a propane supplier, find one now.
Underground Versus Aboveground Tanks
If you’re a homeowner, you may have the option of burying your propane tank to maintain the aesthetics of your landscaping. In this situation, the propane provider refills the tank via a small dome visible in your yard. Talk to your propane supplier about burying the tank early, if that’s your preference. Building and safety codes and ease of access may dictate the final decision.
Automatic Refills Vs Will-Call
You’ll have the option of getting propane refills automatically or being a will-call customer. The propane delivery system is designed to be as flexible and convenient as possible, giving you peace of mind throughout the year. Keep in mind that cold months are busy for propane retailers. If you wait until the last minute to request a refill, it’s possible prices will be higher and wait times will be longer than usual. Automatic refill customers don’t face the same challenges.