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Reliable ways to gauge what’s left in your heating oil tank

Estimating how much home heating oil is left in your tank shouldn’t be down to guesswork, as this is obviously very unreliable and can lead to all sorts of problems for your boiler or heating system, as well as potentially leaving you out in the cold with no fuel source. There are a few more reliable methods of gauging what’s left in your heating oil tank, other than the ‘tapping the sides’ method which so many people seem to go by, which we’ll go into detail here so you can decide on the best method for you.

Planned delivery service

Why leave it to chance? Emo offer their customers in Ireland the option of a planned delivery service, where we measure your tank contents and take into account things like the daily temperature and your average daily usage. When you’re running low, we’ll automatically get an alert to top up your tank and provide you with a great value 900 litre ‘cent per litre’ price so you get a cost effective solution that will always be there when you need it. For more information about our planned delivery service, check out our website.

Electronic gauge

If you’d prefer to monitor your tank yourself, and decide when and how much oil you top up with, you can do this accurately yourself using an electronic tank gauge. Most of these products allow you to monitor the fuel left in your tank from the comfort of your own home, incorporating a tank level monitor and in some cases a warning alarm which alerts you to spillages as well as lowering levels. Simply plug it in and keep an eye on it and order when you’re ready. Don’t forget you can get a quote from us any time of the day or night using our online form.

Visual gauge

Some oil tanks come with a built in visual gauge at the side, which looks like a clear glass tube where you can check how much oil is left in your tank. These aren’t always the best solution though, as they can easily get gummed up with dirt and grime, making them very hard to read accurately. Also, you need to physically be outside with your tank to check it, and if you’re trying to see if there’s oil left while it’s pouring with rain or starting to snow, you’re not likely to be too impressed!

If you don’t check your oil levels regularly and eventually run out of oil, this can be very troublesome for your home heating system, as all the grime, sludge and dirt that’s at the bottom of the tank can be drawn through your fuel lines and results in breakdowns and costly repairs. We would always advise against this, and instead try to plan ahead to ensure you always have a little oil reserve left in your tank. Read our recent blog post which highlights all the problems you could run into if you run out of oil.

If you’d like more advice about how to plan for your home heating oil deliveries, talk to us. We can help you decide which is the best way for your circumstances and your budget to make sure you never run out of oil.