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For most homeowners, it’s not always second nature to check how much heating oil is remaining in the tank, especially in the warmer months. However, it’s a smart idea to get into the habit of checking even when it is nice outside, so that they are always aware of when they need to purchase more. Over time, the regular checking of the heating oil tank will also help homeowners to schedule deliveries at more regular intervals to ensure the heating oil never accidentally runs out.

Learn How To Read The Gauge

With an oil tank that has a functional gauge, seeing how much heating oil remains in the tank is incredibly easy. Most have a measurement right on the face of the gauge, which measures the remaining heating oil and reports the result in quarter inches (starting at 0 and going up to F for full). This gauge should be checked regularly to make sure it is working, though. To do that, take the dome off of the gauge, and gently push the dial downward. If it is working correctly, the dial will immediately spring back to its previous position. If it stays down, it will need to be replaced.

Check the tank gauge at regular intervals, and in all temperatures and seasons. This will help get the most accurate results, including how the temperature affects the reading.

How To Check The Tank Without A Working Gauge

If a homeowner finds themselves with an oil tank that doesn’t have a working tank gauge, there are still ways to keep an eye on how much heating oil they have left. All it takes is a simple, easy to purchase long rod known as a dipstick. 

The top of the tank has a fill valve cap that will need to be opened first. Once that is open, insert the dipstick into the tank until it touches the bottom. Once there, before pulling it back out, use a permanent marker to mark where the dipstick met the top of the fill valve. 

Next, take the dipstick out and, without cleaning it off, hold it against the side of the oil tank. Where the wet mark is shows exactly how full the tank is. If the oil tank is located partially underground, just line that mark up with the fill valve to gauge how much oil is in the tank. 

Arlex Oil: Home Heating Oil Experts in Arlington, Lexington & Medford, MA

For all of your automatic heating delivery service needs, contact Arlex Oil. With decades of expertise, our team is ready to assist with any heating oil questions and needs you may have. We can repair your oil gauge, service your oil tank and give pointers about how often deliveries should be made to ensure your home is heated properly. Contact Arlex Oil today by calling 781-862-3400 or by filling out our online contact form