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Safety Series: Propane Leak Checks

AmeriGas holds a core set of safety beliefs and principals that guide every employee and ensure that we operate with the highest safety standards. In a series of articles, we will detail the major parts that keep our customers and employees safe:

  1. Safety Policy
  2. Cardinal Rules
  3. Leak Checks
  4. Red and Yellow Tags

Leak Checks

One of the most common questions we we get are why and when does a leak check have to be done. An initial leak check is always performed for new installations and setups after the regulators, appliance shut-off valves and appliances have been installed and connected to the gas piping. However, a leak check for safety is also required whenever any of the following conditions occurs:

  • Anytime there is an interruption of service, specifically:
    • All out-of-gas deliveries. A system is considered to be out of gas when the gas pressure in the system will no longer support the appliances and pilots.
    • When service has been interrupted and the installation has been transferred from one customer to another.
    • If the system is used on a seasonal basis and has been turned off.
  • When a customer reports gas odor, possible leak or excessive usage.
  • When the integrity of the system is in question.
  • On piping systems that have been in place and previously used, but are new to AmeriGas, whether or not there has been an interruption of service. Examples include propane systems with customer-owned tanks, situations where we exchange tanks in place with a competitor for a tank delivered to the competitor’s yard and similar situations.
  • When a section of piping is added, replaced or repaired, unless otherwise isolated by installing a shut-of f valve or disconnecting the gas piping.
  • When a regulator or appliance has been replaced or added.

In these scenarios, the only way to know that your propane system is operating correctly is through a thorough leak check. So if a service technician needs to perform one of these and your system passes, you can feel confident that it is working safely.

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