Inspect Your Grill, Inspect Your Propane Tank
- there’s no dents, bulges or cracks
- there’s no rust or pitted metal
- the tank’s foot ring, “collar” at the top or valve cover is not bent
- the Overfill prevention Device (OPD) valve is intact
- the Hose is not dried out or cracked
- the connection points between hose, regulator and cylinder are not loose
- Do the Leak Test Outside where well ventilated and away from flames, electrical or gas appliances
- Do Not Smoke when doing a leak test
- Get a spray bottle with soapy water
- Test your propane tank each time you have it refilled or exchanged as well as if your tank sits a long time unused
- Turn Grill Burners knobs OFF
- Turn propane tank OFF
- Connect the hose to both the propane tank and the grill
- Turn the propane tank valve ON, just a quarter turn
- Spray the soapy solution on:
- on-off valve
- anywhere the hose connects
- on your propane tank (see image right)
If soap bubbles grow bigger and pop, and you smell a Rotten-egg smell, TURN OFF the tank immediately as it means there’s a gas leak in the system.
DO NOT USE or move the propane cylinder.
Contact your propane gas supplier or your fire department
that means there’s a gas leak in the system.
If NO soap bubbles grow, there’s no leak.
Propane Tanks are good fro 12 years from date of manufacture.
Propane cylinders must be prequalified or replaced every 5 or 10 years depending on the cylinder type, condition, and previous requalification method.