2. Make sure you have oil in your tank.
Locate your tank: Your oil tank is more than likely in the basement or outside the house relatively close. It’s a big metal tank. Do you know how to read your oil tank gauge?
Find the fuel gauge: Your oil gauge is a clear tube with a float inside and will be located on top of the oil tank. A standard residential oil tank holds 275 gallons. Based on that size, the following readings indicate how many gallons of oil your tank contains. The float goes up and down according to how much fuel is in the tank:
- F (full) = 275 gallons
- 3/4 = 200 gallons
- 1/2 = 130 gallons
- 1/4 = 70 gallons
- 1/8 = 40 gallons
- E (empty) = near empty
Reading your gauge is like reading the gas gauge in your car. If the float is at the bottom of the tube or not visible, then the tank is empty or close to empty. See Hillside’s Tank Chart.
Do NOT always trust your gauge, they can be finicky. To manually check your heating oil level in an oil tank you will need a straight stick.
Remember: We recommend ordering heating oil when your tank is one-quarter full rather than ordering in a no-heat emergency. Sign up for our Worry-Free Winter and we’ll manage everything for you.