A home with a propane tank is definitely a clincher when buying a home. After all, propane as an energy resource is cheaper than electricity and more efficient than gas. Plus, a home with a tank saves you the effort of going out there, talking to vendors and undergoing the hassle of getting one yourself. However, there are a few things you need to check when buying a home that comes equipped with a propane tank. At Boyle Energy, we love guiding our customers with relevant knowledge so that they are fully-equipped to take the right decisions. Here’s a quick read on the questions you need to ask a prospective home seller before you give your nod of approval.
Q1: Is the tank owned or leased?
Check whether the propane tank is owned or leased. If it’s owned, the ownership will pass on to you and you’ll have the freedom to pick a propane supplier without being bound to a previous contract. If the tank is leased, make sure to get the details of the propane supplier.
Q2: How big is the propane tank?
The size of the tank will help you understand its capacity to handle your family’s needs. For instance, a tank that effortlessly meets the demands of a small family will fall short when it comes to a family with more members. You need to calculate your propane usage and then compare it with the capacity of the propane tank that’s coming along with the property.
Q3: Where is the propane tank located?
A tank could either be above ground or underground. If above ground, checking the gauge will be convenient as the tank would be around the back of your house. If underground, you’ll need to walk to the underground propane tank dome every time you get a feeling you’re running out. However, the advantage of an underground tank is, it’s better protected from the risk of damage and vandalism. Determine which option you’re most comfortable with.
Q4: What is the propane gas used for?
Check how many appliances are running on propane. It may be possible that not all appliances are running on propane in which case, you’ll need to upgrade the ones that aren’t, to utilize your propane supply to its fullest. Also, in case there are enough appliances already running on propane and you’re bringing in some of your own, you may need to consider increasing the tank capacity to meet your needs.
Q5: What’s the history of maintenance and tune-ups?
A propane system that’s in good working order will mean more peace of mind and less expenses on handling breakdowns. The servicing history of the propane system will also help you know how long you can expect the propane tank to serve your needs before you require a replacement.
We hope this list of questions will help you in determining whether the propane tank in the home you’re considering for purchase is a deal maker or breaker. If you’re looking for propane for home heating, propane gas companies, propane tank delivery in Philadelphia or propane companies in PA, feel free to speak to us at Boyle Energy. We’re a family-run business that’s been delivering, installing and maintaining propane fuel, propane tanks and systems on the principles of honest, prompt and affordable service since 1937. We’ll be delighted at the opportunity to assist you with any propane related need in our traditional Boyle way of service.