Does Propane Freeze In Cold Temperatures?
Learn about the science of propane
We can get some pretty harsh winters here in greater Pittsburgh. The average low temperature is 21 degrees, but we all know it can get way colder than that.
When you look out from your warm home to your outdoor aboveground propane tank, you might wonder if the propane in your tank is safe in extreme cold, if it will freeze, or be damaged.
We at ProGas can help you answer that question, and will use science to do it!
Propane facts and figures
Propane’s freezing point is -44 degrees Fahrenheit. The record low in Pittsburgh is -22 degrees Fahrenheit, and while outlying areas may get colder, there’s still little reason to fear that your propane will freeze.
Regardless of freezing temperature, propane can still be affected in very cold weather. Propane is a liquid and contracts in the cold. That contraction will lead to the volume of the propane in your propane tank shrinking. That shrinkage leads to a loss or pressure. If that pressure gets too low, the propane inside your tank can’t reach the gas burner, which means that you might not be able to run your propane appliances such as your furnace, boiler or stove.
While frozen propane is quite unlikely in our area, you still should know what to do in extreme cold when it comes to your propane supply and your propane tank:
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