If you use oil for heating your home, you may have wondered how long home heating oil fuel lasts and how do you know how much is left. The good news is that home heating oil should last 18 to 24 months. Use these helpful charts below from our tank experts to get the answers you need!
How Much Oil Is Left In My Tank?
A standard residential oil tank holds 275 gallons. Based on that size, the following readings indicate that your tank contains approximately this many gallons:
- 1/8 = 40 gals
- 1/4 = 70 gals
- 3/8 = 100 gals
- 1/2 = 130 gals
- 5/8 = 160 gals
- 3/4 = 200 gals
- 7/8 = 240 gals
- “full” = 265 gals
When Do I Need an Oil Delivery?
One sure fire way of making sure you do not run out of oil and preventing heating system failure is to sign up for a home heating service contract with automatic home delivery. Automatic delivery customers do not need to bother calling, we conveniently deliver as necessary. New Jersey residents will receive your order based on a service agreement schedule. This schedule uses a high-tech modeling program that comprises a wide range of individual parameters such as your oil tank size and age, the square footage of your home, past consumption rates, whether or not your hot water heater requires fuel, the daily outside temperature and the foreseeable temperature trends. Will-call customers should call when the tank is down to a ¼ full.
Can Oil Heat “Go Bad”?
When winter ended last year and you still had a half tank left over you may be wondering if it’s OK to use what’s left. As we mentioned above, home heating oil fuel should last 18 – 24 months, but if oil is older than that, there’s no guarantee you can rely on it to heat your home and may end up with an inconvenient emergency call service. It’s probably not worth the gamble.
Princeton Fuel Oil
Industry leaders since 1963, we’ll take care of all your heating needs with our 10 – Point Service. Princeton Fuel Oil offers AAA protection and reliable quality service for oil heaters, heat pumps, central air conditioning, gas heaters and commercial systems. If you require a furnace repair, convenient oil delivery service, or heating system maintenance give us a call right away at 800.253.9001 or contact us online.