Who To Call for Propane Tank Installation

propane tanks tennesseeYou’ve probably replaced the portable propane tank on your grill dozens of times. It’s not hard—just make sure the gas is off, disconnect the empty tank, and connect the new one.

That said, it’s a little more complicated to replace a full-size propane tank that holds a couple hundred gallons. It’s no DIY project! Fortunately, when your full-size tank runs low, you don’t need to replace the whole tank—Admiral Propane provides reliable propane delivery service all around Blountville and beyond. But sometimes, you do need to replace your tank.

Whether you need to install a new tank or replace an old one, the team at Admiral has the expertise to handle everything for you, and we’ll make sure the job is done safely and properly. While you can trust us to take care of everything, there are a few upfront decisions you’ll need to make if you are considering a new propane tank.

What Size Propane Tank Do I Need?

If your propane storage tank is too small, you’ll need to order propane too often—or risk the cost and hassle of runouts. Getting a big tank means you’ll need fewer refills—and you may be able to avoid or lessen the sting of price spikes. But a bigger tank is, well, bigger…so you’ll need space to bury it. And if it’s above ground, a huge tank can be less attractive to the aesthetics of your yard.

We can help you determine the best size propane tank for your needs based on the size of your Tri-Cities area home as well as how many appliances you’ll be fueling.

Aboveground or Underground?

The easiest way to go if you’re replacing an old tank is to use the same setup with the new one. But if it’s a new propane tank, here’s what to consider with either option:

  • To locate your tank underground, you need to budget for excavation costs and extra labor to bury your tank properly and safely. Underground tanks also require “sacrificial anodes,” which help prevent corrosion and are buried near the tank. The tank also needs to have a special anticorrosion coating and regular maintenance checks.
  • For aboveground tanks or standing tanks, you simply need to meet distance requirements and have appropriate permits. You may need to have a concrete base to provide stability, but it’s relatively inexpensive to add. Because your tank is aboveground, maintenance is easy. However aboveground tanks are more exposed to the elements, which can make them a little less durable if they’re subjected to extreme or extended heat and cold.
  • Aboveground tanks are extremely safe. They only require a periodic inspection for signs of damage or corrosion to avoid a leak.
  • Underground tanks are considered as safe or safer than aboveground tanks because they’re protected from extreme temperature fluctuations. They’re also safer in the event of a leak. Unlike oil, propane can’t harm soil or water, and since the tank is buried, leaking propane can’t escape into the air, causing a fire hazard.
  • Live in a flood-prone area? An aboveground tank is the safer option. That’s because an underground tank can float away if the water rises above the propane level in your tank. Aboveground tanks stand a few inches off the ground and are bolted down making it more stable and less exposed during flood conditions.
  • When you invest time and money in making your home and yard look nice, you don’t want a hunk of metal ruining the view. But sometimes there isn’t the space—or the budget—to bury your tank. We get it! We paint our tanks a tan shade that blends into the background. And we’ll work with you to help situate your tank at the side or the back of your home, in as unobtrusive a place as possible while adhering to safety rules.

Should I Buy or Lease My Propane Tank?

At Admiral, you have the option of buying your propane tank, or leasing it from us. The downside of owning your propane storage tank is that the responsibility for the tank is also yours. That includes maintenance, repairs, fees, safety checks, and more in addition to up-front purchase and installation costs. In fact, buying and installing your own tank could cost anywhere from $450 to $3,000, depending on its size and type!

On the other hand, when you lease your tank from Admiral, all the maintenance and repairs are handled by our experienced, in-house professionals.

Admiral Propane Makes Propane Tank Installations Easy!

Once you’ve made your decisions about size and location, we’ll take care of the rest. From permits to lighting your pilots after your first fill-up, we’ll make it look as easy as changing out your grill cylinder. Following testing and safety inspections, we’ll light pilot lights, check appliances for proper operation and answer any questions you may have about the tank installation, service arrangements or delivery schedules.

When we’re done, you’ll understand why homeowners throughout the Tri-cities area of eastern Tennessee, Greenville, and southern Virginia count on Admiral Propane to provide reliable fuel service.

Whether you decide on an aboveground or underground propane tank, know that the pros at Admiral can make selecting, installing, and maintaining your tank easy. And we’ll provide reliable propane delivery services, too. Contact us for more information today.