"When your oil tank runs out, it’s best to know what it is you should do to make sure it becomes functional as soon as possible."
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What You Need to Do When Your Oil Tank Runs Out

Oil tanks are very popular, especially during the cold season, and you could be using yours to their full extent now. It’s one of the ways you can heat your home, but, of course, oil tanks eventually reach a limit. Aside from oil tank issues, heating oil systems also suffer from the fact that heating oil runs out eventually.

It can take you at least two months to go through a 275-gallon tank on a regular season. Of course, it will be much quicker when it’s cold as you’ll be regularly using the tank. When your oil tank runs out, it’s best to know what it is you should do to make sure it becomes functional as soon as possible.

What To Do When Oil Runs Out?

The average size of an oil tank for a residential home is around 275 gallons. A regular family can go through at least 100 gallons of heating oil per month, according to experts from www.simpletankservices.com. However, you can go through those gallons much quicker, especially if it’s during the winter seasons when it’s cold.

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Obviously, the first thing you need to do is call a heating oil company to get a refill. However, there are times when they won’t be readily available. A blockage could cause this delay on the road or even something like snowy conditions making it harder for them to get to you. Expect a few days of delay, especially when it’s snowing or raining hard outside.

The good news is that you can temporarily fill your oil tank with other oils. According to NCBI, you can use alternatives such as diesel or kerosene to fill your heating oil tanks temporarily. However, if you are going to do things manually, you need to make sure that you are in a safe area and that you are doing things as properly as possible.

Oils such as fuel and kerosene emit bad fumes, which can cause nausea and headaches. Moreover, they are highly flammable. Make sure that you are wearing the right protective gear and are using the right equipment so that you and your home are safe from hazardous incidents such as an uncontrollable fire.

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Types of Heating Oil

There are various types of heating oil. The most commonly used is gas oil, also referred to as red diesel. It’s the cheaper option as compared to road diesel, so it might be the best option you have. It’s also readily available at stores and fueling stations so that it will be easily accessible just in case.

Kerosene is another good alternative. It’s often found inside your home, and most heating oil companies also prefer it. It’s lighter than gas oil and is often the cheaper option as well. The problem with kerosene is that it emits really strong fumes, so make sure not directly to inhale the fumes.

As per the US Energy Information Administration, biomass-based heating oil is also available in some regions. It’s one of the better options as it has very minimal impact on the environment.

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Once you’ve found the alternative oil of your choice, simply fill up your oil tank. Keep in mind that you need to let the liquid sit for a few minutes. Oil is a thick liquid, so it does take time for it to fill up your tank completely. If you aren’t using a gas canister with a nozzle to fill up your oil tank, at least make sure to use a funnel to avoid having the oil spill on your floor.

Do not overfill the oil tank as there’s a chance that it could spill out. These tanks usually have an indicator when it’s already at the right level so use that to gauge just how much oil you need to put in. 

Of course, it would just be better to wait out for the heating oil company to replenish your oil tank as well. This would be a safer method, as well.

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What To Look For In A Contractor

Now that you know what it is you should do once your oil tank runs out, it’s now important to know who you should look for when the time comes. Many companies offer oil tank removal services, but of course, only a few of them can provide amazing quality service, so it’s best to filter out the best from the rest.

For starters, you’ll want to head on over to the contractor’s social media page to check out the reviews they have from other customers. Great service providers won’t have any issues showing the reviews they’ve gotten from past customers as it should even be their pride and glory, in fact.

If a social media page isn’t applicable, look for reviews on search engines instead. Alternatively, if someone you know already had their tank removed, you can ask them to refer contractors to you instead. This way, you already know from a direct source that the service is already tried and tested.

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Next, you’ll need to look for certification first. Real oil removing contractors are often required to have certification from the local government and environmental protection agencies. These certifications not only prove their legitimacy; it also shows you that these companies are insured and ready to take action just in case they make a mistake during the process.

Last but most importantly, it’s a must that you check out the pricing first. The cost of having your oil tank refilled depends on a lot of metrics, but you want to keep in mind that the price of heating oil fluctuates regularly. Make sure to get a quote from the contractor first so that you won’t get caught off guard by the bill.

Heating oil tends to run out quickly without you knowing it. It’s always best to be prepared just in case this happens. Luckily, many companies can help refill your oil for you. Ensure that you have contacts of those companies to help you out in emergency scenarios. Of course, make sure that you are getting the best oil first.

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Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie is the content curator and resource hoarder of all things tiny houses. She believes everyone can live a sustainable lifestyle, no matter the size of your house. Connect with Stephanie through LinkedIn or her done-for-you branding agency, Employed By Life Online.
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