Last updated 6 days ago
Propane is an energy-efficient, eco-friendly means of powering appliances and heating homes. Some of the same properties that make propane a great source of fuel also make it a fuel that is associated with various hazards. As long as the proper precautions are taken when handling and storing propane, these potential hazards can be avoided. To learn more about proper propane tank storage, arguably the most important facet of propane safety, continue reading below.
Always Store Upright
Liquid propane gas is highly compressed, and placing a tank on its side may put so much pressure on the top of the tank that a leak occurs. Since propane leaks are essentially fires waiting to happen, they should be avoided at all costs. Your propane tank should be stored upright not only at home, but also in the car on your way home from a visit to the propane company.
Store in Cool Place
Heat causes gases to expand, and the expansion of propane inside a tank is another common cause of propane leaks. The best place to store your tank is outside, where even hot summer air does not have the opportunity to get as warm as it does inside a car or garage. If you store your propane tank outside as recommended, keep it under a waterproof covering and away from anything that is flammable.
Keep Away from Open Flames
The smallest flicker of a flame may be enough to ignite propane gas that has leaked from a tank. Store your propane tank out of reach of your furnace’s pilot light and any other flames or flammable items in your home.
Check Tank Regularly
To ensure that you catch problems early, inspect your tank on a weekly or biweekly basis. Take a look at the pressure gauge, check for leaks, and ensure that the volume of liquid remaining in the tank has not fallen below the relief valve.
As Allentown’s premier propane and propane appliance specialist, Trexler Haines, Inc. has demonstrated to the community its commitment to safety. In addition to safely installing any propane appliances you may need, our propane service experts will show you where and how your propane tank or tanks should be stored. To schedule a service appointment, call (888) 794-6917.
Last updated 12 days ago
The propane tank has made it easier and more cost-effective for many Pennsylvanians to heat their homes and cook for their families. Using a propane tank, however, requires care and knowledge of how a tank should be handled.
Before using a propane-powered appliance, always check the fuel gauge to ensure that the tank is at least one-fifth full. The tank should be standing up on a firm surface, and connected to the appliance via the supply hose. The gas valve should be completely open before the propane-powered appliance is turned on, and should be fully closed as soon as the appliance is shut off.
Familiarizing yourself with safe propane use is key to protecting your property, your family, and yourself from propane-related disasters. As long as you acquire your propane from a reputable propane company and use it properly, your risk of encountering a propane accident is very low. If you would like to experience the services of Allentown’s premier propane company, call Trexler Haines, Inc. at (888) 794-6917.
Last updated 21 days ago
Cooking with propane has many advantages over cooking with other sources of heat, notably those that derive from electricity. Chief among these advantages is that propane-powered cooking appliances are not susceptible to power outages. For all of its benefits, propane has drawbacks as well—if you don’t know how to safely cook with propane, you could suffer an accident. To keep yourself and others safe, follow these steps when cooking with propane.
Grill Outdoors Only
Considering the combustible nature of propane, you should only grill in open, well-ventilated spaces. For most people, this means either outdoors or on a screen-enclosed porch. Propane-powered ranges that have a line to an exterior tank are safe for use indoors.
Keep Away from Heat and Flames
The only source of propane that should be anywhere near the heat of a grill is the tank that is directly connected to it. Spare tanks should be stored a minimum of 10 feet away. When not in use, your propane tank should be stored under a waterproof cover, far from any sources of flame or heat.
Don’t Let Kids Nearby
Because propane gas is flammable and handling propane requires many precautions, young children should not be allowed near your propane supply. This rule should be applied in your home at all times, and is especially important when you are cooking with propane.
Never Leave Unattended
Never leave a propane grill unattended while it is on. Even if you just need to make a quick trip to the bathroom, you should commission a responsible adult in the family to keep an eye on the grill and the tank while you are away.
Are you a resident of the Allentown, PA area who is looking to make the switch to propane? If so, Trexler Haines, Inc. can help you every step of the way. To learn about our propane appliances, fireplaces, and hearths, or to inquire about our safe propane handling practices, call (888) 794-6917.
Last updated 27 days ago
For many homeowners, cooking is an art form, a hobby, a way of life. As with other hobbies, cooking becomes more enjoyable and therapeutic when nicer equipment and supplies are used. For a taste of what cooking with a Viking cooktop can do for you, check out this video.
Considering the central role that stoves and ovens play in cooking, there may not be a better way to enhance your cooking experience than to invest in a top-of-the-line range. This video showcases several top-of-the-line Viking cooking appliances, one of which is sure to suit your needs.
Carrying Viking cooktops and other luxury appliances, Trexler Haines, Inc. is Allentown’s go-to supplier of high-quality appliances. To find out more about our stellar inventory, visit our showroom or call (888) 794-6917.
Last updated 1 month ago
After a long day at work, nothing beats jumping in the pool and letting all your worries float away. If you’re thinking of installing a pool on your property, you’ll need to find an efficient and convenient way to heat it. Over the past few years, propane pool heaters have become very efficient, and are being installed across the country.
How Propane Heating Works
All pool systems circulate water for heating and filtration purposes. After water is pumped through the filter, it reaches the propane heater, which heats the water to an adequate temperature. The heated water then returns to the pool.
Selecting a Heating System
To achieve the most cost-effective heating, you should take some time to decide which propane heater is best suited to your pool. When choosing a propane pool heater, homeowners consider their pool’s water volume, their desired water temperature, and their community’s average temperatures. To find a heater that works for your Allentown, PA pool, speak with a propane expert.
Benefits of Propane Heating
Propane is a highly efficient, clean-burning fuel. It’s also much safer than natural gas, and propane heaters don’t lose their efficiency during the cold months. Propane heaters are popular among homeowners because they heat up pools and spas a lot quicker than electric and solar heaters. This makes propane heaters a great choice if you use your pool or spa intermittently.
Propane Maintenance Tips
To make sure your propane heater operates efficiently throughout its life, you should have a professional install it. It’s also a good idea to schedule a maintenance checkup once a year and pay close attention to the maintenance instructions outlined in the owner’s manual. You may need to occasionally remove scaling from the burner.
Trexler Haines, Inc. offers highly efficient and effective propane pool heaters from Raypak. We can also supply propane whenever your pool heater requires it. In you live in the Allentown area and are in need of propane appliances, call us at (888) 794-6917 or visit our website.