Did you know that your “full” heating oil tank isn’t actually full?
That’s because every oil storage tank, no matter what the size or shape, needs at least some room to allow for air, and for the debris that will inevitably settle at the bottom of the tank.
But if you’re a Will Call heating oil delivery customer, it means quite a lot: in the real world, it means that your 275 gallon heating oil tank (the most common sized oil storage tank) will only actually contain only 225 gallons or so of heating oil. In other words, when your tank gauge reads “½”, you actually only have about 110 gallons left, not 135. This can have a big impact on when to order your heating oil if you want to avoid a run-out.
Some other common tank sizes include 340 and 420 gallons, and the same principle applies.
As for knowing the actual amount of heating oil in your tank at a given time, there are two basic ways to do it: by far the easiest of these is to use your heating oil tank gauge, if your storage tank has one.
The heating oil tank gauge is a clear glass or plastic cube marked with numbers that look a lot like what you’d find on the gas gauge of your car: F, ¾, ½, ¼. A red indicator shows the amount of fuel left in your tank; if the marker (often a float) is at the bottom of the gauge or not visible at all, your tank may be empty (or close to it). 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, contact us – we’ll check it out.
The second way to check your heating oil level is to do it manually; you’ll need a six-foot long stick or dowel and a pencil to do it.
Have any other questions about your heating oil tank or equipment? Let us know – we’re happy to help. And remember: for reliable heating system installation and heating oil deliveries in the North Fork or East End of Long Island, no one beats the pros Burt’s Reliable.