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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the size of a standard propane tank for a grill?

A standard propane grill tank is called a 20 lb. (pound) cylinder, or tank. Most mid-sized grills use 20 lb propane tanks. If you are unsure or have a non-standard sized tank, check your grill manufacturer's instructions for more detail.

How much propane is in my new AmeriGas tank?

All of our propane tanks are filled to 80% capacity. The 80% fill rule is a preventative safety measure against the fluctuations that happen inside a tank. Propane, like water, will expand with added heat. Propane, however, will increase in volume nearly 17 times greater than water with the same temperature increase. To allow for this expansion, propane containers are filled to only 80% of their capacity.

How long will my AmeriGas grill tank last?

Your 20 pound portable propane tanks usage time will depend on various factors:

  • Temperature and size of your grill
  • Energy requirement of your appliance
  • Demand on the tank (higher settings, colder weather, etc.)

For a standard mid-sized grill, a 20 lb propane tank should typically last about 15 hours.

How do I check for a leak in my propane grill tank?

It is important to inspect your cylinder and outdoor gas appliances for leaks. Do this before using them for the first time each season, as well as on a regular basis. This can be accomplished with a simple “bubble” test:

  1. Apply a solution of a thick soapy water to the connection(s) between the cylinder valve and the regulator outlet.
  2. Slowly open the cylinder valve and watch for bubbles.
  3. If bubbles appear, close the cylinder valve, tighten the connection, and repeat the process. If bubbles still appear, call your propane retailer immediately.
Do you accept only AmeriGas grill tanks for exchange?

We accept all tank brands for exchange.

What do I do if I smell gas or suspect a leak?

If you smell gas, and it is safe to do so, turn off the cylinder valve, turning it to the right (clockwise). If you are unable to turn off the valve, immediately leave the area and dial 911 or call your local fire department. Before you use the grill again, have a qualified service technician inspect your grill and cylinder.

How do I connect my portable propane tank to my grill or other outdoor appliances?

Connecting your tank is simple. Visit our page to view step-by-step instructions.

What should I do if my hand wheel won’t turn?

Make sure you are turning the wheel clockwise. A little bit of oil will help loosen a jammed valve. The valve may come apart if you attempt to use a wrench, so avoid taking this action.

What is the clanking sound I hear when moving my grill tank?

Typically, this clanking sound is when the OPD valve hits the sides of the tank internally. This is not a cause for concern, but make sure you're following proper precautions when transporting your propane grill tank to ensure safe travel.

What should I do if I am not getting any gas from my propane grill tank?

There are several reasons why there may not be any gas coming from your tank. The following are common issues to troubleshoot.

Check the Valve: The valve may be turned on all the way. The OPD device on your tank sometimes restricts gas flow in the case of a fully turned valve. Try doing one full turn, and then smaller turns as needed instead of tightening the tank all the way in an open position.

Check the connector: The tank connector must be over an inch long to ensure a proper connection.

Where possible, check the Regulator: If you have a faulty regulator, your gas flow will be disrupted and you will need a new hose with a regulator.

If the issue is that your tank is empty, or if you cannot determine the problem-find an exchange location and give a new tank a try! 

How do I recycle my grill tank?

Never dispose of your propane cylinder by throwing it in the trash. Simply find a location near you to exchange your old tank, or contact us to to help you safely dispose of your propane tanks. There is no fee for this service.