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The Most Common Propane Gas Delivery Options Available To You

by Wade Black

Propane delivery companies offer a range of options regarding how they deliver propane. You will want to inform yourself about these options both when trying to determine which propane delivery service to patronize and when determining how you would like propane to be delivered to your home.

Spare Tanks Vs. Exchange Tanks

When receiving a delivery, you have the option between a spare tank and an exchange tank. A spare tank is a full tank that is simply delivered without the need to exchange an empty tank. An exchange tank, on the other hand, is a tank that is provided in exchange for a new one. The advantage of a spare tank is that you will always have access to propane even if you have a higher demand for it than expected. If you already own a tank, the company will often perform a pre-fill inspection.

The Hours Of Operation

Find out the specific days that the propane tank service operates. For example, if there are no deliveries on Sunday, make sure to order deliveries early if necessary.

Same Day And Next Day Delivery

Determine whether you need same-day or next-day delivery. Many propane delivery services offer these as options. However, these services can be more expensive than other services. There is usually a deadline by which a next day delivery order must be placed.

Home Delivery Requirements

Determine whether you are expected to be at home during your delivery. In some cases, you are only required to tell the technicians the location where you placed the tank. Also, find out if the company provides scheduled deliveries for a specific window of time.

Find out if there are any specific rules regarding delivery. For instance, it is sometimes required that the empty tanks be accessible since the technicians are often not allowed to simply leave tanks outside. Generally, technicians will not enter a home to deliver the propane if you are not home to avoid liability concerns.

Automatic Delivery Systems And Advanced Call Delivery

Find out if there are any automatic delivery systems. In addition to routinely being supplied with propane, companies that offer automatic delivery systems will often provide free propane if you ever run out, as compensation. This helps give you the peace of mind knowing that you will never run out. Also, if you run out of propane early, find out if there are any advanced call delivery options.