Written on: February 15, 2021
If you use heating oil, you’ve probably heard that we highly recommend automatic delivery, which guarantees that you’ll never run out of fuel. With automatic delivery, we schedule deliveries to your Western New York home based on your usage and the weather.
Even so, some of you may prefer Will Call. If you have chosen Will Call, it’s especially important that you know how to use your heating oil tank gauge so you can reliably let us know when it’s time for a delivery. When the weather is colder than usual—like it is this month—understanding your tank gauge can make a big difference in your family’s comfort. Here are a few key suggestions:
Is my boiler’s performance affected by the amount of fuel in the tank?
Yes, it is. You’ll see a better performance from your boiler when you keep it at least ¼ full at all times. Regularly scheduled deliveries will eliminate the risk of run-outs, and in turn, your boiler will run at its best.
I’m a Will Call customer, and I see that my tank is ¼ full. What should I do?
For a home that’s approximately 2,500 square feet, you’ll use about six or seven gallons of heating oil per day, when the temperature is roughly 32° F. With that in mind, a 275-gallon heating oil tank that reads ¼ on the gauge has about a week’s supply of fuel remaining. Will Call customers should always let us know right away when the tank reaches ¼, but ideally, let us know a little in advance of that. If the weather is colder or your home is larger, then you will run out more quickly, so please take these factors into account.