Propane tank installation fittings require a lot of expertise since many factors (distance, safety, connections, etc.) come into consideration. Therefore, safety and peace-of-mind considerations suggest that fitting a propane tank is best left to qualified service technicians, be they employees of the propane company you have selected or independent professionals. When getting quotes from different companies as you decide on the best propane package (tank, installation, maintenance and price), it is recommended that you check whether propane tank fittings are included.
Tank installation distances
The first step in installing and fitting a propane tank is deciding where to setup the tank. Underground and aboveground propane tanks both have to be a certain distance from neighboring structures, such as buildings, vents, parking lots, etc. Once possible setup areas for the tank have been identified, you will need to have concrete blocks laid down if your tank is aboveground and a trench dug if your tank is underground.
Components included in propane fittings
The second part of propane tank fittings involves ensuring the tank is equipped with the right components to function properly within your home propane system. On the tank itself, this means fitting the right valves and gauges on your tank:
- Propane is pumped into your propane tank through a filler valve.
- Propane is converted into vapor for appliances through a service valve.
- Excess pressure is removed from the tank through a vapor eliminator valve.
- Liquid propane is removed from the tank through a liquid withdrawal valve.
- A fixed liquid level valve lets you know when your propane level is at or above 80%.
An essential component of propane fittings is the float or dial gauge since it enables you to keep an eye on the propane level in your tank and plan your next propane delivery. Similarly, regulators (high-pressure for propane-intensive appliances and two-stage for most systems) control gas flow and pressure to ensure your propane system functions properly with the propane it receives from the tank.
Fittings included in linking tanks and home propane systems
Therefore, the third stage of fitting a propane installation is connecting the propane tank to your home system. A gas service line or yard line will be fitted between your tank and your home for this purpose. This gas line can be connected to other regulators and valves, depending on your home installation. For example, appliances tend to have their own shut-off valve and two-stage regulators, if not integral (both stages of pressure control in one regulator), usually involve the second stage regulator being fitted at the point where the yard line enters your home.
Safety issues regarding tank fittings
Propane tank installation fittings are crucial for your safety. The wrong fittings can lead to gas leaks, which are a serious health risk. The wrong fittings can also damage your propane system. Propane professionals are best placed to follow manufacturers’ instructions when it comes to installing the many components of your propane system and ensuring your tank installation fittings respect the highest possible safety standards.