How Long Does Propane Last?

Written on: April 8, 2024

You don’t need to worry about your propane going bad.

propane Kent County, DE As winter gives way to spring in Kent County and throughout the First State, you might have found that you are using less propane at your home. This is almost certainly the case if your home depends on a propane-fired boiler or furnace in the winter. These home heating systems can burn through a lot of fuel when it’s freezing outside, so warmer temperatures bring slower propane consumption.

At Delaware Propane, we talk to many customers about how long they can keep propane in their home tanks before it starts to deteriorate. Is it possible for propane to “go bad” over the summer?

What is the Shelf Life of Propane?

Let’s get this out of the way right now: you don’t have to worry about your propane spoiling, deteriorating or losing combustibility from lack of use. Propane gas has a virtually unlimited shelf life. This makes it especially helpful for essential home equipment that sits idle for months on end. That would include gas-powered heating systems and standby generators. These systems can go without use for years, and you can be certain that the propane powering them will be good when you need it.

How Long do Propane Tanks Last?

We are pleased to report that the stationary propane tank supplying fuel to your home is built to last for a long time. Its lifespan isn’t infinite like the propane it holds, but an aboveground home propane tank can last 30 years or more. Underground tanks last closer to 20 years.

Some factors that will impact how long your tank lasts include its materials, whether it receives regular upkeep from a professional technician and, in the case of underground models, whether your tank installer took precautions to mitigate issues like underground electrical currents.

If you choose to lease a tank from Delaware Propane, we will handle the installation, maintenance, and repair of your tank. And when it’s time to replace your tank, we’ll take care of that, too.

How Much Propane Will You Use in a Year?

If you are trying to determine how much propane you will use in a year, there are some factors you need to consider, including:

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) offers some general guidelines about how much fuel each type of propane product will typically use annually. Here are some examples:

Need a Propane Fill-Up? Contact Delaware Propane!

Delaware households trust our dependable team to take care of their propane needs 365 days a year (plus one day more for leap years). We offer free Keep-Full automatic delivery service, where we handle all the planning for you. Using your customer profile and current weather conditions, we’ll determine exactly when you’ll need propane and arrange a delivery.

Ready to enjoy total peace of mind from a propane company that truly values your business? Contact us to become a Delaware Propane customer.