How to Use a Propane Tank Monitor

October 25, 2023 –

No one wants to endure the cold winter months wondering if and when they need to refill their propane tank. At the same time, a refill isn’t the same as taking your car to the gas station to “top it off.” You must pay a base fee for each delivery, even if you only purchase a gallon or two.

How do you find the right balance between waiting for your tank to get low without letting it run out? The answer is a propane tank level monitor.

What is a Propane Tank Monitor?
A propane tank monitoring system is a simple device installed outside a propane tank. The device monitors the tank dial, watching to see when it gets below a certain point.

The monitor functions as a warning system, informing you and your service provider when it’s time for a refill. In most cases, this is an automated process. A provider like Paraco Gas can schedule and execute a delivery without requiring you to lift a finger.

How a Propane Tank Gauge Works
Most generic propane tank monitors are simple and easy to operate. They connect directly to the propane tank dial and run on their own battery (which can last for years).

They are also wireless devices that connect to a cellular or Wi-Fi network. Propane tank wireless monitoring enables you or your provider to set alerts.

The wireless aspect also means more sophisticated models; homeowners can check propane levels from their smart home devices. When the gauge dips below a certain point (usually 25 to 30%), you know it’s time for a refill.

Why Use a Propane Tank Gauge?
There are more advantages to a propane tank monitor than you might expect. There are obvious convenience factors but also practical and safety elements. Here are a few benefits to keep in mind.

  • Cost: A propane tank gauge allows you to time your refills for maximum cost efficiency.
  • Digital access: Who wants to trek out to check the tank dial during a snowstorm or on a hot summer day? Using a mobile phone is more convenient.
  • Automated refills: Calling a propane provider is a hassle. A monitor brings the propane company to your home without scheduling a delivery appointment.
  • Leaks: A leak in your system will lead to a spike in propane usage. If that happens, a gauge can help you identify the problem quicker.
  • Peace of mind: A monitoring system lets you take another task off your plate. Propane usage is inconsistent. You can use varying amounts depending on the season. A gauge allows you to rest, knowing your tank won’t run dry.

Many factors make a propane tank monitor worth installing on your tanks. It’s a one-time installation that pays financial, practical, and emotional dividends.

Getting the Most Out of Propane Tank Wireless Monitoring
Propane has plenty of benefits. But watching your tank dial and deciding when to pull the trigger on a refill can still be a hassle.

A tank monitor frees you up to use your propane as needed throughout the year without the fear of unexpectedly running out of fuel to run your life.


  1. Sam Andrews on January 11, 2024 at 4:05 am

    My neighbor has no idea where to get propane for his home heating system. Well, I wouldn’t even notice that refilling a propane tank involves providing a base payment beforehand if it wasn’t for this article. Hence, it would be better for him to contact a supplier and make a deal.

  2. Chris French on February 2, 2024 at 12:38 pm

    My neighbor has a Paraco sensor on his propane tank which allows him to monitor the fuel on his cell-phone. It was installed when he had a Generac all-house generator installed. I am looking to install a similar sensor on my propane tanks so I don’t need to go outside and look at the tank dials. I have almost run dry twice this winter so a sensor / transmitter / cell-phone system would be of benefit.
    I am looking to buy a device to install.

    • Ines on February 5, 2024 at 7:42 am

      Hello Chris! If you’re a Paraco customer, feel free to give our team a call at 800-647-4427, they will be more than happy to assist you with information on tank monitors and address any other questions you might have.

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