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What if my tank does not have a gauge ?
If your tank does not have a gauge then you would need to measure how
many inches of oil are in your tank. Based on the tank size and the inch count,
a is then used to determine the approximate amount of oil you
What other options are available?
1) Fossil Fuel Oil has an auto fill program priced 3 cents lower than the posted
price with state of the art software that uses a "degree day" system that you can
sign up for. This alleviates the hassle of measuring your tank or worrying when to
get your next oil delivery .
2) Products such as "The Rocket" can be installed for a minimal
cost to above-ground tanks. The monitor plugs into any household
outlet and will alert you when you are getting low on oil.
How often should I get my heating system serviced ?
Ideally you should have your heating system serviced once a year. Without this
routine maintenance, oil by-products called "soot" can build up over time and
cause your system to stop working. Cleaning the system once a year will prevent
any problems and keep your unit running efficiently. TIP: Spring and summer are
good times to schedule this routine maintenance. The technician can devote
more quality time to your system without having to rush on to an "emergency no
Winterizing additives, What are they?
Oil tanks/oil lines, that are exposed to extreme cold-(generally outside tanks) can
gell up in due to the natural paraffin contained in heating oil. You can reduce the
chances of this with the winterizing protection. Most additives will also help with
breaking up any sludge that has accumulated inside your tank. Additives can be
bought from your heating oil dealer or at most plumbing supply retailers.
Kerosene can also help change the pour point of heating oil to aid in anti gelling by
adding it to you heating oil tank.
How much oil is in my above ground tank?
Most customers have a 275 gallon tank that are 5 ft in length,-(slightly larger 330
gallons tanks can measure 6ft in length). Most gauges give an accurate reading
of how much oil is in your tank.
• 1/8 = 30 gals
• 1/4 = 60 gals
• 3/8 = 95 gals
• 1/2 = 125 gals
• 5/8 = 165 gals
• 3/4 = 190 gals
• 7/8 = 230 gals
• "full" = 250 gals
Please note that tanks that lay on their sides-commonly referred to as "Belly
Tanks" have a small variation in gauge estimations.
A true way to determine the exact amount of fuel in a tank is to use an oil measure
stick and tank chart.
Something seems to be off with my gauge or the size of my tank.
Think of a tank in terms of a cup and straw. If the straw reaches to the bottom of
your cup you have full use of all the liquid. In most cases, the fuel supply
line-(straw) is pulled up off the bottom of your tank so you do not pull in any
sludge or contaminants into your heating system or they are unknowingly pulled
too high in the tank. A service technician can help resolve this issue by either
resetting the supply lines or cleaning out the tank and removing the sludge.
How often do I need to order oil ?
Ideally you would order oil when your gauge shows 1/4 tank full for a
275 or 330 gallon tanks
Each house is unique on oil consumption due to the size of the
house, number of occupants, insulation factor of the house and
whether the hot water is being heated with your heating unit. If you
don't have any prior information as to how much oil you use, we like
to start with the "average house".
The "average house" during the middle of the winter will burn
approximately 5 gallons a day and 1 gallon for hot water.
Check your tank every 3 weeks during the winter to prevent running