Tips to Help Prevent Runouts
If you’ve lived in your oil-heated New Jersey home for a while now, it’s a safe bet that you’re familiar with reading your oil tank gauge and knowing when it’s time to call for more fuel.
But with another winter creeping up on us, it never hurts to review the basics of reading your heating oil tank gauge. You never know, you may learn something new!
For starters, your heating oil tank gauge is usually a clear glass or plastic cylinder located at or near the top of the tank. The gauge is marked with numbers that look like a car’s fuel gauge: F, ¾, ½, ¼. A red marker or float tells you how much fuel you have left. If the marker is at the bottom of the gauge or not visible, your tank is empty–or close to it.
Check the Float on Your Heating Oil Tank Gauge
To make sure the gauge is working, carefully remove the outer case and gently press the float down. If it bobs back up to the original position, the gauge is working. If the gauge is not working, arrange for a repair.
You should order more heating oil when the gauge reaches ¼.
Reduce the Risk of Runouts
If you don’t want to spend time reading your tank gauge or worry about whether the gauge is working properly, your New Jersey heating oil company may be able to set you up on an automatic delivery schedule. This removes the worry about calling for deliveries or running out of fuel when you need it the most.
When you sign up for automatic delivery service, your heating oil dealer will use your fuel-use history and predictions for upcoming weather patterns to determine the most accurate time to deliver your heating oil. This lowers the risk of a run-out, saving you the hassle—and expense—of ever needing an emergency delivery and getting your oil burner primed for a restart. In most cases, they will get your heating oil to you when your tank is about one-quarter full.
Be Prepared for Winter Heating Oil Deliveries
In bad winter weather conditions, heating oil delivery drivers may encounter some problems that can cause your heating oil delivery to be delayed or rescheduled.
Here’s what you can do to help make sure that your heating fuel can be delivered in a timely fashion.
- make sure your outdoor heating oil tank is cleared of ice and snow.
- shovel a path to your tank or oil fill pipe after a snow storm.
- mark the location of an underground tank with a stake that is visible above snow so your driver can find it.
- keep your driveway sanded and plowed and create a wide enough path so bulk delivery trucks can navigate it safely
Keeping your tank accessible throughout the year will put a smile on the face of your heating oil delivery driver!
If you have questions about your heating oil tank or heating oil deliveries, contact your New Jersey heating oil company and they will be glad to help.
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