How Do I Read A Propane Tank Gauge?

propane delivery iowaIf you’re a Pelgas “will-call” propane customer (that is, if you manage your own propane supply from us rather than opting for automatic propane delivery), one of the most important tasks you have is keeping a close eye on your tank levels throughout the winter.

The question is, how do you do it?

Reading a propane tank gauge is actually pretty easy: just look near the top of the tank for a round dial with the numbers from 5 – 95 on it (it looks a lot like a car’s speedometer).

Just keep in mind that a propane tank is never filled to 100 percent of its maximum capacity; about 20 percent of the tank must remain empty to allow the gas to expand as temperatures change. A “full” 125-gallon tank, in other words, only contains about 100 gallons of propane. For a complete list of capacity conversions, see the chart below.

The most important thing about reading your propane gas gauge, though, is to remember not wait for the last minute to schedule your propane delivery – especially when temperatures are low or dropping. Contact us for a fill-up when your gauge reads no less than 30 percent full; that will give us enough time to get to you before you run out of gas.

If you do experience a propane run-out, don’t panic – call Pelgas right away for emergency service. We’ll get your tank topped off, then performed safety leak and pressure test as required by law so you can get back to normal in your southwest Iowa home.

How Many Gallons Of Propane Do You Have Left?

Tank Gauge Reads 60 gal tank 125 gal tank 320 gal tank 500 gal tank 1000 gal tank
 80% (Full) 48 100 256 400 800
 70% 42 87.5 224 350  700 
 60% 36  75  192  300  600 
 50% 30  62.5  160  250  500 
 40% 24 50  160  200  400 
 30% 18  37.5  96  150  300 
 25% If your gauge reads 30 percent, contact us for a delivery right away!
 20% 12 25  64  100  200 
 10%  6 12.5  32  50  100 

For reliable propane delivery in Southwest Iowa, trust the pros at Pelgas. Contact us today to learn more, or to schedule your propane delivery!