Propane Powered Generators
Keep your electricity flowing (and your food fresh in the refrigerator) in the event of a storm or electrical service disruption.
Propane generators have the capability to provide temporary power in your home by keeping your important systems and appliances running long after the power is out.
AmeriGas Propane Exchange is the nations leading supplier, making our product readily available to you in any circumstance. The use of a single 20lb AmeriGas Propane Exchange tank, coupled with a Generac 3250 watt generator exerting 1625 watts of power, will supply your family with 9 hours of back-up power.
Explore the benefits of using AmeriGas Propane Exchange.
How To Use A Propane Gas Generator
Operating and connecting your propane tank to your generator takes only three quick steps.
Follow along with AmeriGas experts to supply your home with an alternative power source in minutes. Don't forget to review any manufacturer's instructions for operating and setting up your propane-powered generator, as all models vary.
Step 1: Ensure that the gas valve on your propane tank is in the off position and take the regulator from the generator and attach it to your tank, turning clockwise until secure.
Step 2: Turn on the gas valve of the propane tank by turning the valve counterclockwise.
Step 3: Now that this is set up, turn the gas valve back to the off position. Plug the generator into your device using the generator's power cord. Turn the propane gas back on to allow the gas to flow and power up the generator!
The most important part of an unexpected power outage is preparation, which includes having a full propane tank. To exchange or purchase a tank, simply visit your nearest exchange location and speak with a sales associate. Ensure any exchange tanks are left outside if you are entering the store to make your purchase.
After your purchase is made you will be given an exchange or spare tank that is ready for immediate use with your propane-powered generator.
PROPANE VS. GAS AND DIESEL GENERATORS
Benefits of Propane Generators
Take a closer look at some of the benefits of using an AmeriGas Propane Exchange Tank in the event of an emergency.
Generators powered by propane are far more environmentally friendly. This equates to propane-powered generators being the safest to use around your family.
Gas and diesel emit a large amount of carbon monoxide and other harmful toxins into the air when powering generators. A propane generator emits a significantly lower amount of carbon monoxide when comparing it to gas and diesel generators. These emissions are hazardous to the environment around you, and when accumulated, can cause a build up of residue in your generator.
The shelf life of propane is infinite, which makes it the most reliable fuel source to have on hand in an emergency.
Gasoline has the shortest shelf life of 12 months, followed by diesel, which has a shelf life of 18-24 months. Your generator may spend most of its useful life idle, due to the nature of generators. In turn, the fuel used to power the appliance remains untouched. Propane has an indefinite shelf life. No matter how long your propane remains untouched, when it needs to be used in an emergency it will be as good as the day you purchased it, unlike gasoline or diesel. Consider this factor when comparing a propane vs. gas generator or propane vs. diesel generator.
Run time is a highly considerable factor in the event of an emergency. Run time affects how much fuel you will need and how often this fuel source will need to be replenished.
Overall, the run time of any generator is dependent on engine size and the electrical load that is being placed on the generator. In most gas-powered or diesel-powered back-up generators, the fuel tank is built on to the machine. This tank typically only holds a few gallons of fuel at a time and will require refilling a few times a day, depending on how much power is being exerted from the generator. A 20lb AmeriGas Propane Exchange tank will typically provide you with 9 hours of power. When the propane is empty, you simply detach it from the generator and hook the connecting hose to your spare tank.
How prepared are you for an emergency? A generator is essentially useless without a fuel source. Propane is accessible in all weather conditions and does not require electricity in order to be obtained.
Gas and diesel pumps require electricity to operate, which makes these fuel sources less accessible in an emergency situation. These fuel types are also not easily stored as back up, as they have a definite shelf life, unlike propane. A propane-powered generator guarantees a definite source of power and ensures critical elements of your home are operating in an outage.
Propane Gas Generator Safety
Whenever you are working with propane, safety is the number one priority. Review some of our helpful tips below to ensure you are safely operating a propane powered generator.
- Always consult the manufacturer's instructions and manuals before operating your propane powered generator.
- Conduct a leak check regularly. You never know when you may need to use your generator, so conducting a thorough leak check will ensure all parts are functioning properly.
- Purchase a back-up generator and propane fuel source ahead of time. A power outage may occur unexpectedly, so it is best to have these components on hand.
- Always leave the propane gas valve in the off position when it is not in use.
- Run your generator several times a year to ensure that it is running optimally and you are prepared for power outages.
- Make sure any extension cords connecting to the tank are specified for outside use.
- Never operate a propane powered generator in an enclosed space. Generators should only be operated outdoors.