When the seasons change your heating habits tend to change as well. That means the rate at which you use heating oil is also likely to change. Now that the weather is warming up, you might find yourself thinking less about heating oil, but you still need to stay on top of your fuel levels. It is extremely important to avoid letting your oil tank run down to empty. So it’s also important that you know how to read you fuel gauge.
Avoiding a runout is something you need to take seriously year-round. A house with no heat can be dangerous on a cold day. In addition, letting your tank run down to empty any time of year can cause debris to clog your oil filters. That can reduce the efficiency of your heating system or cause it to fail. In addition, water tends to collect in an empty tank and cause it to rust. A rusty oil tank can also cause your heating system to fail.
Now that you understand how important it is to keep enough oil in your tank at all times, let’s review how to read your oil tank’s gauge.
Step 1: Look for a clear glass or plastic cylinder near the top of the tank. It should look like your car’s fuel gauge with the symbols: F, ¾, ½, and ¼. There should be a red marker or float indicating the tank’s fuel level. If it’s not visible, you tank is either empty or very close to empty.
Step 2: Check to make sure the gauge is working properly. Remove the outer case and gently press down on the float. It should bob back up to where it was. If it doesn’t, the gauge is malfunctioning, and you should call for service.
Step 3: Whenever your gauge gets down to around ¼, it’s time to order more fuel. Make sure you check your gauge regularly.
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