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How To Read an Oil Tank Gauge

Posted: September 13, 2022

Never worry about your heating oil supply again!

reading oil tank gauge massachusettsPioneer Oil and Propane heating oil customers who opt for Will-Call must frequently monitor their tank’s fuel level in order to know when they must call to schedule a heating oil delivery.

The gauge is usually located on top of the tank. It’s a clear glass or plastic tube marked with numbers that look like the gas gauge in your car: F, ¾, ½, ¼. A red marker or float indicates how much fuel is left in your tank. If the float is at or near the bottom of the gauge, or not visible at all, your tank is empty or almost empty. Contact us right away to schedule an emergency delivery. 

If outdoor temperatures average 32˚ Fahrenheit over a 24-hour period, a 2,500-square-foot house uses about seven gallons of heating oil. If you let your 275-gallon heating oil tank (the size of most residential oil tanks) get down to 25% full, you have enough heating oil for perhaps a week.

It might take a few days for us to get a delivery to your home. Thus, it is essential that you request a delivery before your tank gauge falls below ¼ full.

What happens if I run out of heating oil?

Your heating system will shut down if you run out of heating oil, and your home will rapidly become cold. If this continues for too long, your pipes may freeze and burst.

A heating oil run-out can also harm your home’s furnace or boiler. Sludge might be drawn from the bottom of your heating oil tank, which can clog the oil filter and cause damage to the oil line. In addition to the emergency heating oil delivery fee, you may also need to pay for the oil line bleed and filter replacement.

Automatic Delivery makes having heating oil easy as pie!

At Pioneer Oil and Propane, we use the latest technology combined with a tried-and-true method of calculation to accurately predict when you will need more heating oil. Our computer algorithms calculate when your tank will reach 30% using your heating oil usage history, real-time temperatures, and weather patterns.

We utilize that information to arrange your heating oil delivery, ensuring that you have a full tank before your supply runs out. You don’t have to lift a finger! No more going down to the basement or outside in the cold and snow to check your tank gauge. No more needing to contact us with a delivery request. There will be no more anxiety when you realize you forgot to check the tank gauge.

We take your previous fuel usage into account when calculating Automatic Delivery, so it’s critical that you notify us of any significant change in your life that will impact how much heating oil you use. Examples of this include:

Contact us to become a Pioneer Oil and Propane Automatic Delivery customer for hassle-free, worry-free heating oil delivery!