If you are considering propane appliances for your home and you do not have the propane in the home already, you will need to have a local propane company come and install it for you. There are some advantages to propane over electricity and getting the propane installed is not difficult in most areas.
The first thing you need to consider is the availability of the propane in your area. If you have a local vendor that can deliver propane on a regular basis and offers installation and service, switching to propane may be a good option. While most areas have propane available, it is always a good idea to check before you buy appliances and decide to make that switch.
Installing the Tank
The propane company will bring the tank out and set it up for you. They may require you to have a concrete pad to put the tank on, and if that is the case, you will need to hire a contractor to pour the concrete for the pad a week or two before the propane tank is due to be delivered. The concrete needs time to cure before putting the tank in place, so be sure to let the contractor know when the tank is going to be delivered.
The propane company will bring the tank out with a truck that is capable of lifting the tank and maneuvering it into position. Once the tank is in place, the technician will run the fuel line from the tank to the house and connect all the appliances to the fuel line. Once the fuel line is in place, the tank will get filled with propane
If the tank is not right next to the house, the fuel line is typically run in a trench under the ground. This protects the line from damage and makes the installation look a little cleaner. The gas company may require you to have the trench dug before they arrive, or they may do it so they can position the line where they want it. Check with the gas company to see which they prefer.
Setting up the Appliances
Most gas companies will have the technician connect the fuel line to the appliance for you then set up your appliances and light any pilots that need to be on. Many modern appliances use electronic ignitions in place of the pilot light, which is safer if there is a gas leak in the home.
Once the fuel lines are connected and the tank is in place, the propane tank installation technician will check everything for leaks or problems before leaving your home.