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Does Propane Go Bad?

Written on: January 29, 2024

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propane Hingham, MA When you take a glance around your home, you’ll notice numerous items with expiration dates, ranging from food to makeup to toiletries.

Unlike many other substances, propane is not subject to deterioration or degradation over time.

Over time, heating oil, kerosene, diesel, and gasoline can degrade, compromising their efficiency and posing risks to the vital machinery they power, such as your home’s heating system or generator. It is crucial to maintain their optimal performance and prevent potential damage.

After around six months of remaining parked, a car with a full gas tank will undergo fuel breakdown. Diesel fuel, on the other hand, remains usable for only about a year. Ethanol and bio-based fuels, in general, lose their effectiveness rapidly, typically within a few months.

Will my propane expire?

Propane, a stable fuel that doesn’t degrade, maintains its integrity when stored in a secure, airtight container, unaffected by chemical or physical changes. As a result, even after extended storage, propane remains as efficient and usable as when it was first acquired.

Propane is the ultimate choice for a range of household appliances, whether you use them every day or occasionally. From heating systems and water heaters to space heaters and fireplaces, propane offers unparalleled versatility.

Propane’s remarkable stability makes it the ideal choice for whole-house standby generators. Unlike gasoline and diesel, which can leave users stranded during power outages due to fuel degradation or lack of fresh supplies, propane eliminates this risk entirely.

Rest assured, your standby generator will be primed and prepared to kick into action when you need it most. This peace of mind is made possible by the propane safely stored in your home’s propane tank.

Can propane freeze?

The propane stored in your tank remains in a liquid state, which naturally raises concerns about its susceptibility to freezing.

There is no cause for concern as propane boasts an exceptionally low freezing point of -306°F, a temperature that can exclusively be achieved within scientific laboratories. This extraordinary degree of coldness can’t be achieved anywhere else on our planet!

Propane does have a boiling point of about -44°F. At this temperature, liquid propane can no longer turn into a gas. The record low temperature in this area is -19°F, so this is not likely to occur.

Even if the temperature doesn’t drop significantly, extremely cold weather in this region can negatively affect the pressure inside your propane tank. Similar to other liquids, propane contracts as the temperature decreases. This decrease in volume results in a decrease in pressure, which, if it becomes too low, can hinder the gas flow to your burner. Therefore, it’s crucial to consider how cold weather may impact the pressure levels inside your tank for optimal performance during the winter season.

To prevent any issues caused by cold temperatures affecting your tank’s pressure, it’s crucial to maintain a minimum of 30% capacity in your propane tank. With our Automatic Delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring services, we keep a close eye on your propane usage and supply. This ensures that we deliver propane to you in a timely manner before you run low. Our goal is to provide you with the peace of mind and reassurance you deserve.

With Automatic Delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring from Williams Energy, you can have peace of mind about your home’s propane supply. Become a customer today!