Hint: Tankless Water Heaters Last Longer!

water heater upgrade swan valley, id If your water heater is nearing the end of its life expectancy—or is already showing signs of trouble—why not plan to contact Fall River Propane to discuss upgrading to new one? We offer top-quality Rinnai tankless water heaters that are both energy efficient and economical. Not only do we sell them, but our team also installs and services them, too.

By doing your homework early, you can better avoid the hassle of having to hastily choose a new water heater during an emergency. After all, not only would you have to deal with the stress and expense of replacing a water heater, but if it fails, you could be facing costly repairs due to potential water damage.

How Can I Tell How Old My Water Heater Is?

With proper care and routine maintenance, most water heaters with tanks can last up to 10 years or more. However, life expectancy decreases drastically when these systems are not serviced and kept in good condition.

Here’s how to find out how old your water heater is if you are not sure of its current age:

  1. Look for the water heater’s serial number. It is usually located on top of the unit. It will start with a letter followed by a series of numbers.
  2. The letter indicates the month in which it was manufactured (“A” for January, “B” for February, etc.), with the immediately following numbers being the year.
  3. So, if your water heater’s serial number starts with “C15,” the “C” is for March, and the “13″ is for 2013. This means that your home’s water heater was manufactured in March of 2015.

Now, while the age of your current one is an important factor, there are numerous other aspects to consider as well.

Have you started to see any of these signs from your hot water tank lately? If so, it is time for you to contact Fall River Propane and discuss water heater replacement options:

Understanding the Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters

Upgrading to a modern propane tankless water heater is an excellent decision that will make your home more comfortable from the moment it’s installed.

If you’re on the lookout for ways to save money, switching to a propane tankless one is worth considering. On average, water heating accounts for about 20% of your home’s energy consumption. With its excellent energy efficiency, a propane tankless water heater can yield impressive savings in terms of utility bills over time—on average between 10-20% in savings annually. Also, tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of approximately 20 years or more.

Tank-style water heaters function by always maintaining a limited quantity of hot water—an energy consuming process that necessitates reheating the same water over and over.

Instead of relying on the outdated storage tank water heaters, you can now opt for a revolutionary tankless system. It starts heating your water only when it’s required, thus diminishing your energy usage, and providing an endless supply of hot water!

A bonus of a propane tankless water heater is its size. It’s no larger than an average suitcase and can easily fit in spaces like closets or laundry rooms.

Contact Fall River Propane to get started on upgrading to the comfort and energy efficiency of a new Rinnai propane tankless water heater today.

A Quick Guide to Help You Fuel Your Fireplace

propane fireplace idaho If you have a propane fireplace or stove in your home, you likely know the advantages they have over traditional wood-burning fireplaces.

The labor involved in a wood-burning fireplace can be anything but pleasant. You must lug in the logs, and then go through the whole rigmarole of building and igniting it before you can actually relax by its side. To top it all off, there’s also an unsightly mess of ash that requires tidying up once the fire is out.

But with a propane fireplace, you don’t need to deal with any of that. With just the push of a button, you have a warm, cozy fire in front of which to relax. Fall River Propane services propane fireplaces and stoves so you can enjoy them in comfort for years to come. Further, we’ll help fill in the gaps on important information you should know before installing a gas fireplace in your home.

Typical Propane Usage for Fireplaces

For those who want to add a cozy and inviting atmosphere into their home, there’s nothing that can beat the ambiance of a propane fireplace. You may be curious about how much fuel it requires. Generally, every 100,000 BTUs uses approximately one gallon of propane. For example, if you have a 50,000 BTU fireplace then you can expect it to use one gallon every two hours that it is in use.

If you compare the money and effort expended to run a wood-burning fireplace with that of propane, you will be astonished by how much easier and more economical it is to use a propane fireplace in your home.

A propane fireplace is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to make their living space warm and inviting, without having to invest in a complicated masonry fireplace. Setting it up only takes one day or even less—plus you can put it virtually anywhere that works best with your interior design!

What Other Advantages Are There to Propane Fireplaces?

Propane fireplaces are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also incredibly cost-effective when compared to wood-burning fireplaces. A cord of wood can set you back around $300 on average—and that’s without factoring in additional delivery fees or the extra costs associated with stacking ($80+).

Investing in a propane fireplace is an economic solution for your home!

If you want to maximize efficiency, propane is an obvious choice over wood. Nowadays, the technology behind propane fireplaces has led to incredibly efficient and affordable models that boast up to 80% heat efficiency, providing significantly more warmth than a traditional wooden fire.

In sharp contrast, an astonishing 90% of the heat generated by a wood-burning fireplace is wasted and sent out through your chimney! Have you ever been in a room where the temperature quickly drops as your fire starts to weaken? That’s because it’s all warmth has been lost up the flue.

Invest in a propane gas fireplace with multispeed blowers to effectively heat larger areas, such as family rooms and open concept spaces. You can be sure that warmth will reach all parts of the room thanks to its powerful fan and advanced technology.

If you want a realistic, visually appealing flame-like experience, propane fireplaces are the superior choice over electric fireplaces. You now can choose from a wide selection of gas logs, with styles that emulate everything from traditional oak to rustic birch and coastal driftwood.

Propane fireplaces also come in a wide array of styles, so you can choose the one that best fits the look in your home.

Ready for unmatched warmth and comfort? Contact Fall River Propane today to get a FREE estimate on adding a new propane fireplace to your home!

Discover the Benefits for Both Builders and Buyers

propane for home builders idaho It’s been a wild real estate market over the past few years. As we’ve seen, folks have gravitated to the greater Idaho region looking for their own piece of paradise away from overpopulated and overpriced metro areas such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle.

It has created an incredibly competitive market for home builders, whether it’s for a single home or a neighborhood development. Everyone is looking for a competitive edge. Did you realize that using propane on your building projects can give you a distinct edge?

Fall River Propane is here to help with complete propane delivery and commercial services for your home building project, as well as for the installation of new appliances inside your new homes as well!

Build Better with Propane

When winter arrives and brings harsh weather and temperatures, residential construction projects can become very challenging. Propane helps keep your project moving forward by providing power to vital temporary heating equipment. You can better keep the interior of your job site warm for continued work, while also protecting materials such as paint, joint compound, and stucco in the cold weather.

Propane can also be used to power generators that charge ground-thawing equipment and forklifts. All of this helps to keep your project on time and on budget.

Speaking of money, did you know the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) offers construction companies incentives for using propane appliances in homes they build?

Direct Access vs. Natural Gas Pipelines

Establishing a connection to the natural gas lines in an area lacking nearby infrastructure is cost-prohibitive, making it unfeasible for your project, whether it’s a single home or a neighborhood development. It also makes it more difficult for homebuyers to pick their gas supplier. 

Even if your construction project is near a natural gas line, bypass the hassle of dealing with that utility’s bureaucratic red tape and opt for propane tanks instead! It’s proven to be much faster, easier, and more economical.

Providing Homebuyers with Options They Want!

In today’s dynamic real estate landscape, you must ensure that home buyers can truly envision the home they’ve been dreaming of. While doing so, it is essential to also account for your costs. By building homes fit with propane systems and furnishing them with propane appliances, you can set yourself apart from the competition without breaking the bank.

For today’s homeowners, propane gas appliances provide countless advantages like:

With these features in mind, it is no surprise that more people are opting for gas options over electric alternatives.

Propane is an invaluable tool to increase sales and offer additional premium features. By upselling your customers with propane, you can provide superior amenities. Homebuyers who want greater convenience and energy efficiency might opt for a propane tankless water heater rather of a standard storage water heater.

The list of potential upsell amenities might include:

All of these can be easily connected right to the home’s propane tank!

Whether you’re a home builder or a home buyer, propane services from Fall River Propane can’t be beat! Contact us today to learn what we can do for you.

Understanding the Effects of Weather on Your Propane Supply

propane's freezing point idaho As always, you can expect a cold and snowy winter throughout Western Wyoming, Eastern Idaho, and Southwestern Montana. So, if you’re new to the area, or are otherwise unsure, you may be wondering about the security of your propane supply amidst the extreme weather conditions. Specifically, can the propane in your tank freeze or gel during extremely cold weather?

The truth is that it’s highly unlikely. After all, the freezing point for propane is -306.4° Fahrenheit. For comparison’s sake, the record low in our neck of the woods is -66˚F. But those extreme temperatures haven’t happened in about 90 years! That makes it nearly impossible that the propane inside your propane tank will ever be subject to freezing.

However, very cold weather has the potential to cause problems in other ways.

Propane, like other liquids, contracts when it’s cold outside. In extremely cold weather, the volume of propane in an aboveground tank may decrease. As that volume decreases, so does the pressure. If your tank’s pressure gets too low, gas will not flow to your appliances’ burner. Your heating system, water heater, and other propane appliances risk being unable to properly function.

How Can I Better Protect My Propane Supply?

There are three easy steps you can take to make sure your propane supply stays safe all winter long:

Keep Your Propane Tank at Least 30% Full. There will be a positive pressure in your propane tank when it is more than 30% full. Fall River Propane’s Auto Fill Delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring are essential because you will be doubly assured that you receive a propane delivery before your tank runs too low.

Turn Down the Thermostat…When You Can! You don’t have to make your home uncomfortable, but by keeping your home’s thermostat lowered a few degrees against your typical high, you can prevent your heating system from coming on too frequently. This maintains the pressure in your propane tank and helps prevent the pressure from getting too low. A smart or programmable thermostat will help make this task easier.

Keep Your Propane Tank Free of Snow. To keep your propane tank functioning properly, you must sweep the snow off it after a snowfall. If there is too much snow on top of the tank, then sunlight will be unable to penetrate and aid in warming the gas inside. This can eventually lead to a loss in pressure.

To avoid damaging your tank or its components, do not shovel snow off it. Instead, use a broom to sweep it away. Also be sure to clear vents and flues on your home of any snow or ice build-up to ensure adequate ventilation.

Provide Easy Access Your Propane Tank. If Fall River Propane’s propane delivery drivers cannot safely get to your propane tank, they will not be able to deliver your propane. Our delivery trucks need a clear, safe path on your driveway, and please make sure there’s a foot-wide opening to your propane tank, too. Further, if able, look to mark the location of the tank with a tall pole topped with a bright-colored fabric or flag. That way, we can find it easily after heavy snowfalls!

With ever-reliable delivery combined with wireless propane tank monitoring services from Fall River Propane, your home comfort can always be assured.

Looking for a provider you can trust for years to come? Join the Fall River Propane family of customers today—we’ll be happy to help.

It Doesn’t Get Easier Than Auto-Fill

propane delivery idaho Fall River Propane is committed to being reliable and responsive when it comes to taking care of our customers. It is at the foundation of what we have been doing since we started over 23 years ago!

Auto-Delivery is one of the many services we offer to ensure that our customers always have the propane they need. This way, you don’t need worry about always having to check your tank gauges, running out of propane, or even having to pick up the phone to order.

How Does Auto-Fill Delivery Work?

Fall River Propane uses both cutting-edge technology and tried-and-true methods to calculate when you’ll need more propane. By considering your previous usage patterns—along with real-time temperatures and temperature forecasts—our computer algorithms can predict when your tank levels. Once it reaches approximately 30% full, we’re immediately notified, and then schedule a propane delivery accordingly, so that you’re never left without propane. And the best part is that you don’t have to do a thing. No phone calls, online orders, or treks through the snow to read your gauges!

What’s even better? This is a 100% FREE service. It benefits both of us, and allows us to be more efficient in our propane deliveries so we can better serve more customers each day.

Changes in Your Propane Usage

Now, since your propane usage history is part of the calculation for Auto-Fill Delivery, it is essential that you inform us about any changes in your home or lifestyle. These could create big changes in how much propane you use and ultimately affect our calculations. Below are some examples of qualifying things we should know about:

Is Auto-Fill Different Than Wireless Tank Monitoring?

Yes. These two programs are different—and we offer them both!

Our wireless propane tank monitors are always active—day and night—to track exactly how full your propane tank is. By utilizing wireless and cellular technology, our team at Fall River Propane receives notifications about your tank’s status in real time. That way, when your gauge reaches a set level, we can schedule a delivery that works with your timing—no worries about a propane run-out!

Wireless propane tank monitoring is the perfect solution for homes with irregular propane usage such as second homes, income properties, and homes with infrequently used propane appliances like spa heaters or outdoor kitchens. It helps give you peace of mind, knowing that your home and appliances are being monitored even when you’re not there.

Understanding the Consequences of Running Out of Propane

As we’ve mentioned, both of these programs we’ve highlighted help to prevent you from running out of propane. Because if you run out of propane, not only will you be inconvenienced, but it’ll also cost you money.

In addition to the cost of an emergency propane delivery, you will also be charged for a required pressure test on your gas lines and for having a professional service technician re-light the pilots in all your propane appliances. This is an industry-wide practice to ensure systems are restarted and are functioning again safely.

Interested in Auto-Fill Delivery or wireless propane tank monitoring? Contact Fall River Propane today! We’ll be happy to help get you started.

Learn How to Choose the Best Tank for Your Home

At Fall River Propane, our expert team of technicians and sales staff can help you find the ideal propane tank for your home. Additionally, we can even set you up with wireless tank monitoring, so you always know how much fuel you have on hand.

With our industry expertise, we also want to provide families here in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming with the knowledge to help determine their fuel storage needs and identify their tanks’ different components.

If you’re unfamiliar with propane tanks, here’s a brief rundown on the different propane tank sizes and features to get you caught up:

Which Propane Tank Size Is Right for My Home?

There are many kinds of portable and stationary propane tanks on the market. When you think of grilling and small appliances like fire pits, you’ll probably want the standard-sized 20-pound propane cylinder.

However, regarding on-site home propane tanks, here are some of the most common sizes and their applications:

Tank Size Purpose
120 gallon This can hold up to 96 gallons of propane and is normally used to power a combination of lower-usage appliances (ex. stove, clothes dryer, gas log, water heater, etc.)
250 gallon Holding about 200 gallons of propane, this can fuel whole-home heating systems on a smaller home, plus one or two appliances.
500 gallon Holding up to 400 gallons of propane, this is a good choice for a ~2,000-square-foot home and with several appliances.
1,000 gallon This holds up to 800 gallons of propane and is generally for commercial use.

The team at Fall River Propane can discuss your home needs and budget and help you right-size your propane storage.

Learning the Parts of Your Home’s Propane Tank

If you have a stationary tank on your property, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with its different parts and pieces. That way, if you notice a performance or safety problem, you can accurately describe the issue when you call a service technician to repair it.

Here are some of a stationary tank’s main components:

Fill Valve — A fitted gasket to allow more fuel to be added.

Fixed Level Liquid Gauge — This gauge allows delivery teams to confirm that the tank is adequately filled.

Float Gauge — This sits atop liquid propane in your tank to give you an approximate percentage in the tank.

Liquid Withdrawal Valve — This tube allows emptying the tank before service or transportation.

Safety Relief Valve — This spring mechanism opens automatically if an unsafe amount of pressure has accumulated.

Service Valve — This permits propane to flow to your home’s systems and appliances. It should be closed if there’s a propane leak.

Vapor Return Valve —This valve releases gas if the tank becomes over-pressurized.

At Fall River Propane, we lease, sell, install and service propane tanks of all shapes and sizes. Let us keep you comfortable all year long. Contact us for a FREE consultation or to learn about our available services and payment options.

Bad HVAC Habits Can Make Your Energy Costs Rise

heating service idaho

Have you gotten in touch yet with Fall River Propane to schedule your propane furnace’s annual maintenance tune-up? If not, today is the perfect day to do so.

Most people procrastinate on this simple task. It’s super easy to get done! When you get your system tune-up done in early fall, our service department allows you to get an appointment at a convenient time for you. You also won’t have to worry about an early cold snap because your furnace will be ready to go for the first blustery evening of the winter.

How Skipping Routine Maintenance Affects HVAC Performance

Not getting regular professional maintenance of your home’s HVAC system is a bad habit. Why’s that? An HVAC system that is not properly maintained loses much more energy efficiency over the years compared with one that gets annual tune-ups.

Here’s an example: A poorly maintained furnace can have efficiencies as low as 60%. That means for every dollar you spend on propane, only 60 cents goes towards actually heating your home. The rest is wasted in the combustion process, sending your energy costs soaring.

With unpredictable energy costs this coming winter, inefficiency is something you can’t afford!

During our appointment, our service technician will thoroughly inspect your furnace. It allows them to spot and fix problems before they get worse.

No tune-up means you’re more likely to have your furnace break down and face a big repair bill. A poorly maintained furnace also doesn’t last as long as one that gets an annual tune-up.

Other Factors That Affect Heating System Efficiency

Fall River Propane can help keep your propane-powered heating system in tip-top shape for the cold Idaho winters to come. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Check Out One of Our Most Popular Payment Programs

fuel costs wyomingFuel prices have been giving us a pain in the wallet for much of this year.

The remaining volatility in global fuel markets—along with the forecast for a cold and snowy winter in much of our service area—make enrolling in Fall River Propane’s CAP Price Program a great idea! It can help protect you this coming winter from price spikes and the big energy costs that follow them.

But you must ask quickly—time is running out to enroll in CAP. Our enrollment period ends on September 30, 2022, or until our capacity is reached, whichever comes first.

How Does the CAP Price Program Work?

When you enroll in Fall River Propane’s CAP Price Program, your per gallon propane price is capped based on the market price of the day you enroll. No matter how crazy the fuel markets get this winter, you will not pay one cent more per gallon than that capped price. This gives you peace of mind and a better ability to plan your household spending.

But that’s only the beginning of the benefits of our CAP Price Program. If the market price for propane is below the capped price on the day that we deliver your propane, you’ll pay that lower price!

Fall River Propane Makes Bill Pay Easy, too!

Fall River Propane also makes managing your payments a breeze. You can pay by check, credit card, or with an electronic funds transfer (EFT) from your financial institution. With a Fall River Propane online account, you can review your statement and make a payment any time of day or night from a desktop computer, smartphone, or mobile device.

You not only get better control of your propane costs, but you also get the dependable, responsive propane delivery and service that Fall River Propane is known for. In fact, the CAP Price Program comes with our “Never Out Guarantee”: If you ever run out of propane while enrolled in the CAP Price program, your next fill is 100% FREE!

Our CAP Price Program only offers a limited-time opportunity to enroll! Contact Fall River Propane today to learn more or get started.

We Make Managing Your Propane Supply Easy!

rental propane supply idahoDo you have an income property in Idaho, Montana, or Wyoming that you offer as a short-term rental on sites like Airbnb or VRBO? If so, you know that managing it can be a challenge. There’s a lot that comes with meeting the needs of your guests, cleaning between bookings, needed repairs, and more.

Fall River Propane offers solutions that make managing your short-term rental easy and make the rental more attractive for prospective guests looking for a place in your community.

One solution that we offer is wireless propane tank monitoring with Otodata! With this convenient service, you no longer need to constantly check the propane tank gauge—something that comes in handy when you live elsewhere or are otherwise away from your properties.

How Does Propane Tank Monitoring Work?

Our wireless propane tank monitors keep you—and Fall River Propane—informed in real-time precisely how much propane is in your tank. The monitors use wireless and cellular technology to send that data right to us and it’s visible to you through Otodata’s Nee-Vo app, available on both the Apple Store and Google Play.

Once your propane tank gauge reaches a set level—typically 30% full—we get notified and schedule a propane delivery to your property before you run low.

The app allows you to track multiple monitors, so you can keep track of all your properties in one single place!

Wireless propane tank monitoring is affordable and pays for itself when you consider the cost of a propane runout. When that happens, you not only have to pay for the extra expense of an emergency propane delivery but also a pressure test of your propane tank and a professional re-lighting of the pilots in each of your propane appliances.

Being without heat and hot water could cause visitors to give your property a poor review, which can cost you future visitors!

Other Helpful Uses of Wireless Tank Monitoring

If your home in our service area is your second home, or if you travel frequently or for extended periods of time, your propane usage isn’t consistent. That makes it more challenging to calculate when you’ll need more propane for customers who use Auto Fill delivery.

Wireless propane monitoring eliminates unneeded propane deliveries because it allows us to know exactly when you need propane. This way you’ll get it when you need it…and only when you need it!

Do you have elderly parents or relatives you are caring for who live in their own home? Adding wireless propane tank monitoring to their home would give them security too! That way they’ll always have propane to remain comfortable while you get to keep an eye on their propane supply and usage.

Get in touch with us to learn more about wireless propane tank monitoring and other services for your current residence or income properties.

Since 1999, Fall River Propane has been delivering dependable, affordable home comfort to our customers in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Our team is the best in the business and is well known for their fast response and a safety-first attitude. Coupled with great prices and top-rated customer service, you just won’t find another propane provider more dedicated to serving your needs.

Get An Idea of How Much Propane You May Use in Your Home

propane use estimate idahoFiguring out just how much propane you use is a good way to help estimate your propane costs. Additionally, it helps you better manage your household budget.

It can also show you if your propane appliances are operating at their best possible efficiency.

We’ve put together some information that will give you insights into your own home and propane usage. And remember…with a Fall River Propane online account, you can review prior statements to see how your propane usage changes over the course of the year, or from season-to-season!

These are average propane usage figures for homes based on size. Remember, there can be a lot of variation depending on the age of the home, the quality of insulation, and other external factors.

1,000 square feet: Approx. 441 gallons per year

1,500 square feet: Approx. 666 gallons per year

2,000 square feet: Approx. 888 gallons per year

3,000 or more square feet: Approx. 1,300 gallons per year

How Much Propane Do My Appliances Use?

You can improve your home’s energy consumption by upgrading to high-efficiency propane appliances. We offer many solutions including space heating, furnaces, water heaters, and fireplaces.*

These are estimates for average propane usage by common propane appliances:

Furnace: Approx. 1,000 gallons per year

Water heater: Approx. 250 gallons per year

Fireplace: Approx. 200 gallons per year

Clothes dryer: Approx. 20 gallons per year

Cooking Range: Approx. 35 gallons per year

Control Your Propane Costs

Between rising gas prices and a volatile stock market, we know many of our customers are trying to find ways to better manage their budgets. Fall River Propane provides numerous ways to help:

Automatic Delivery. With Automatic Delivery, you never need to worry about checking your gauges—or potentially running out of propane—again! Our computers will calculate your expected propane usage alongside the current weather conditions to accurately predict when you’re going to need a propane delivery next. At that point, we come and fill your tank before you get low. You get convenience and peace of mind.

What you don’t get is a delivery fee, meaning you’ll save $12.95 with each delivery!

By the way, if you want even more precision in the matter of your propane supply, we offer wireless propane tank monitoring. It uses wireless and cellular technology that allows us to track your propane supply 24/7. As soon as you need a refill, it sends us a notification and we make the delivery. This is great for homes with inconsistent usage patterns or second properties like vacation homes or rental properties.

Level Pay. Take the guesswork out of your monthly Fall River Propane payments with Level Pay. Your propane costs are spread out over 12 easy-to-manage monthly payments. You won’t get hit with larger bills over the winter when you have other expenses like the holidays or taxes. Call us today to see if you’re eligible to enroll.

We are proud to have built a strong reputation for quality, dependability, and affordability…and we would love to tell you more about it. Become a Fall River Propane customer today, or simply give us a call to learn more!

*Please note that while we continue to service all propane-powered fireplaces and stoves, we do not sell or install new equipment of this kind at the current time.