Should you hear your propane tank?

Propane has emerged as a safe-to-use and clean-burning fuel option, which is why a lot of people choose it to fuel their outdoor grills. However, if you have a propane grill, you need to be aware of what the noises your tank makes mean.

There is nothing wrong with hearing your propane tank. In fact, it will tell whether the tank has been overfilled. If you hear a humming or gurgling noise coming from your tank, it means that you have put more propane in that tank than needed. It strains the regulator and decreases the propane distribution.

Most of the noises your propane tank makes are harmless. However, knowing the reasons for those noises and what you need to do could avert trouble in the long run.

What knocking sounds mean

If you hear knocking sounds coming from your propane tank when you turn on the gas, it is usually a sign that there is an uneven mixture of gas and air in the tank. An easy way to confirm this is to observe the flame. While a blue flame with a yellow tip means the mixture of air and gas is healthy, a yellow or white flame means there is an uneven mixture. You ought to call a certified technician to adjust the airflow to your propane tank.

What gurgling or humming sounds mean

Another common sound is to hear a gurgling or humming noise when the gas is turned on. This is an indication of an overfilled tank.

When a propane tank is overfilled, it puts excess pressure on the regulator and as result, reduces the flow of gas to the grill. Other visible signs include discolored pilot lights, low heat, and weak flames.

The solution to this is to drain the tank, and this is an activity that once again, requires the expertise of a technician.

What hissing sounds mean

Hissing noises from the tank indicate a gas leak, and this means you need to turn off the tank immediately and call for professional help. While propane is extremely safe and propane tanks are built to take a beating, anything to do with a gas leak should not be taken lightly.

If you have questions or you are unsure, don’t be afraid to seek advice from a local propane professional.

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