How Much Does a Residential Propane Tank Installation Cost?
$275 - $8,150
$275 - $8,150
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated November 2, 2021Written by HomeAdvisor.
The average cost of a residential propane tank installation for homeowners across the country is $2,750. While homeowners on the high end pay up to $8,150, for some, costs are as low as $275. Project costs for this home enhancement are split between the cost of a new tank and installation fees.
Propane tank prices for residential propane tanks range between $1,000 and $2,000. Homeowners should also budget between $25 and $50 for permits when installing any style of residential propane unit. However, costs for labor and excavation can vary wildly based on the setup you want at your home.
Your two options when installing a residential propane tank are an underground or above-ground tank. Expect labor costs to be higher for a project that involves excavation, trenching and plumbing.
An underground propane tank offers benefits if you have limited space on your property. You’ll pay between $1,525 to $8,150,depending on the size of your tank and the length of the gas lines. Some homeowners are simply willing to pay more to keep a tank out of sight. Here's the labor cost breakdown when you're digging down to install your new propane tank:
Excavating: $500 - $2,400
Plumbing: $45 - $150 hourly
Gas Line: $200-$1,500
A much more affordable job than burying your propane tank, installing an above-ground propane tank will cost between $650 to $4,675. Above-ground installation will require a special concrete pad to serve as the foundation for your unit. You'll also need to have a gas line installed.
The gallon capacity of the unit you're having installed will impact price for both underground and above-ground tanks, with costs ranging from $650 to $8,150.
Here’s how much the tank itself will cost based on its gallon capacity:
120 gallons: $400-$800
250 gallons: $500-$1,000
500 gallons: $500-$3,000
Here's what the price breakdown looks like for concrete pads based on the size of your propane unit:
120 gallons: $50-$75
250 gallons: $75-$125
500 gallons: $125-$175
Next up is the cost to install gas lines. Here's what that looks like by size:
120 gallons: $200-$500
259 gallons: $200-$1,000
500 gallons: $500-$1,500
Labor costs to excavate for an underground propane tank range from $50 to $200 per cubic yard. With most homeowners choosing a 500-gallon propane tank requiring 10 to 12 cubic yards, that brings costs somewhere between $500 and $2,400.
Topography and personal preferences both impact total project costs. Here's a look at some factors that may increase the cost of installing a new residential propane tank.
Purchasing a tank outright costs between $1,000 and $2,000. Some homeowners prefer to rent propane tanks for up to $250 per year.
If your unit is beyond the 100-foot to 150-foot proximity to the street recommended for hose accessibility, you may require more piping. Extra piping may also be needed if your tank is located more than the recommended 10 feet from your home.
If you'll be connecting your tank to several appliances, you'll need to pay for extra gas lines. Each line running 20 to 30 feet costs between $200 and $500.
If you encounter existing utility lines during trenching, moving the lines will add to your project cost.
In addition to being illegal in most places, trying to install your own propane tank can be extremely dangerous and difficult! Leave this one to a licensed propane pro!
An underground propane tank provides the benefit of allowing your yard to go back to normal without a visible tank. However, this project can be more complicated than adding an above-ground propane tank because it requires excavation.
Yes, installing an underground propane tank is generally much more expensive than installing an exposed propane tank due to the excavation needed. You will also need to pay $50 to $75 annually for an inspection of your buried propane tank to check for leaks and valve condition.
Both options are considered safe. However, buried propane tanks are generally considered safer in extreme climates because they are better at maintaining consistent temperatures. Buried propane tanks are recommended for cold climates. They can also offer extra protection if leaking occurs.
The average cost to have a buried propane tank professionally removed is $900.
Residential propane tanks are used to provide heat to gas ovens, outdoor stoves, furnaces, boilers, hot-water heaters, heated swimming pools, hot tubs, indoor gas fireplaces and outdoor gas fireplaces.