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How To Check Your Heating Oil Level

Written on: December 4, 2023

An Intro to Heating Oil

heating oil Lackawanna county, az It’s December and the heating season is in full swing. Northeastern Pennsylvania has already seen some very frigid days. This is the season when your furnace or boiler is called on to work harder and harder to keep you and your family comfortably cozy and warm. As a result, you’ll see your need for heating oil increase.

If you’re an Ace-Robbins customer, you’ve got a heating oil provider you can trust. Our dependable and affordable heating oil delivery will keep you warm all winter long.

Ace-Robbins delivers ultra-low-sulfur heating oil that burns more cleanly than traditional heating oil and produces fewer emissions. So you can feel good about using it in your Pennsylvania home. Let’s take a closer look at what heating oil is.

What Is Heating Oil?

Heating oil comes from crude oil that has gone through a refining process called distillation. During the process of distillation, hydrocarbons are removed from the crude oil and become a substance that can be further purified and blended to make the heating oil that fuels your home’s furnace or boiler.

As we mentioned earlier, Ace-Robbins delivers an ultra-low-sulfur heating oil that’s cleaner and more efficient than traditional heating oil. It’s good for your budget and the environment. It should also help your heating system last longer and need fewer repairs.

How Do You Read Your Oil Tank Gauge?

Especially if you haven’t signed up for Ace-Robbins’ automatic delivery service, keeping an eye on your heating oil level is very important. It’s important that your tank is never allowed to run empty. When that happens, debris can clog your oil filters. That can reduce the efficiency of your heating system or cause it to fail. So by keeping enough oil in your tank, you can avoid some very costly problems as well as a no-heat emergency.

You’ll need to check your gauge with more frequency the colder it gets, because your heating system will be using more and more heating oil to keep you and your family warm.

Here’s how to check your heating oil level:

  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 following 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 almost empty.
  2. 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 isn’t working properly, and you should call for service.
  3. Read the heating oil gauge the same way you would your car’s fuel gauge. F stands for full. And each fraction tells you how much of your tank has heating oil in it.
  4. When your gauge gets close to ¼, it’s time to order more fuel. The colder it gets and the larger your home is, the faster your heating system will go through oil and the sooner you should order more.

Count on Ace-Robbins

At Ace-Robbins, we keep up with the latest developments in heating fuel and equipment to best serve our customers from Bradford to Wyoming county, from Lackawanna to Luzerne, and from Susquehanna to Sullivan. We offer our customers high quality fuel and quick and reliable service.

If you haven’t already, make Ace-Robbins your heating oil provider and enjoy the benefits of using superior ultra-low-sulfur heating oil.

Contact Ace-Robbins today for more information or to schedule your next heating oil delivery.