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A Tip from the Experts: How to Read Your Fuel Tank Gauge

Staying warm is a top priority for New Hampshire homeowners during the winter months. We’re finally starting to see some bone-chilling temperatures, and the season is far from over! You don’t want to be without heat in the winter. Did you know that checking your fuel tank is the first step to keeping your family safe and warm? Find out how easy it can be!

Stay Warm by Ordering Heating Oil

Reading Your Oil or Gas Tank Level

  1. Go to your tank. If you heat with oil, your tank is most likely in your basement. If you heat with propane, your tank will be outside. It is important to clear snow and debris on and around your outdoor fuel tank.
  2. Find your tank gauge. A tank gauge is either a small glass cylinder or dial on the top or side of the tank.
  3. Read your tank gauge. The gauge will show a small marker to indicate how full your tank is. It can be read just like your car’s gas gauge: Full, ¾, ½, ¼, or empty.
  4. If your tank gauge is at or below ¼, it is recommended that you order oil or gas right away. Deliveries can take up to a few days, so you don’t want to wait any longer or you risk running out of fuel.

Why You Should Regularly Check Your Tank

If you order your heating fuel on a will-call basis, checking your fuel tank is very important! Reading your tank gauge is a simple way to keep up with fuel deliveries and avoid the risk of a runout. Running out of heating fuel not only interrupts your family’s comfort, it can be a serious safety hazard. Not to mention, having too little fuel in your tank can lead to condensation buildup and lasting damage. Try setting a weekly reminder on your phone!

Have questions about your heating equipment? Contact the experts at Patriot Heating & Cooling. We are always prepared to handle your HVAC installation, maintenance, and repair needs!