Reading a Propane Tank Gauge
We’re getting down to business! We’re giving you a simple how-to for the next time you take a look at your tank gauge before calling us for delivery or service. Knowing how to read your fuel gauge will help accurately relay the information to one of our Customer Care Representatives on the other end.
It’s a common misconception that the gauge shows the total amount of gallons in the tank. However, it actually displays the propane level as a percentage of the capacity of your tank.
While not every propane tank has the same gauge, they all have the same purpose in mind: to show you how much propane is in your tank. Most tank gauges are “float gauges” (much like a fuel gauge in a vehicle – think pop pop’s old truck!), which reads the level of liquid propane in the tank by the floating arm. This does so by a float assembly that is within the tank and controls the arm gauge. While the level drops, the float gauge will also.
Check out the images below for a few examples of some different fuel gauges you might see:
Using example B. as our spotlight, notice how the floating arm is at 40%.
Taking this a step further, using that 40% from Example B, we can figure out just how much propane is left in your tank based on your tank size and gauge reading we’ve just done. KEEP THIS HANDY – you’re going to thank us for this one! To make life simpler and spare you from doing the math, we’ve put together a handy chart that is a great quick glance at how many gallons you have left:
Gauge Reading: 120-Gal. Tank 250-Gal. Tank 500-Gal. Tank 1,000-Gal. Tank
80% 96 gallons 200 gallons 400 gallons 800 gallons
70% 84 gallons 175 gallons 350 gallons 700 gallons
60% 72 gallons 150 gallons 300 gallons 600 gallons
50% 60 gallons 125 gallons 250 gallons 500 gallons
40% 48 gallons 100 gallons 200 gallons 400 gallons
30% 36 gallons 75 gallons 150 gallons 300 gallons
20% 24 gallons 50 gallons 100 gallons 200 gallons
10% 12 gallons 25 gallons 50 gallons 100 gallons
If calculating your fuel level isn’t something you want to take on, consider our Automatic Fuel Delivery option. We’ll monitor your fuel usage using our tried-and-true formula which accounts for K-Factors, heating and usage methods, and weather. We schedule your deliveries within the perfect timeframe of need to give you total peace of mind. Let us take on the tracking of your gallons!
While we always advocate for Automatic Delivery, knowing how to read your tank gauge is always excellent resident knowledge! Keep this guide handy for the future!