Swezey House How Do I Prevent a Heating Oil Run-Out?
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One of the biggest headaches that any heating equipment owner faces is keeping track of how much heating oil they have in their tank – especially during busy back-to-school and holiday weeks.

Unfortunately, those busy times correspond with the arrival of cooler weather here in Suffolk County, which makes your need for fuel even greater – and sometimes, even the most responsible homeowners can find themselves in the midst of a fuel run-out when they can least afford to be without heat.

Anything from an unseen heating oil tank leak to simple absentmindedness can contribute to finding yourself without heat. Whatever the cause, it’s not a fun experience, and it could end up be a lot worse than that: for one thing, heating oil prices are usually higher during heating season, which means you’ll pay more to heat your home if you have to replace your fuel mid-season. You’ll also have to pay a premium for an emergency heating oil delivery rather than a regular fill-up.

If you own an oil-fired heating system, you might also end up with a sludge problem, since dragging up the dregs of fuel from the bottom of your emptying tank can clog narrow passages throughout your heating system.

The bottom line here? It’s a really good idea to avoid running out of heating oil. The question is, how do you do that? Here are four suggestions:

  • Fill your heating oil tank early. Avoid the temptation to wait until the first cold snap to order your heating oil – you may burn through your fuel more quickly than you think, putting yourself at risk for a run-out. Get a jump on your fall heating oil deliveries by placing your order today.
  • Keep your tank at least one-quarter full at all times. Waiting until the last minute for a delivery – especially in cold weather – is a recipe for a no-heat emergency. Be proactive: order your fuel when your tank is no less than one-quarter full (ideally a little before then).
  • Use Automatic Delivery. When you sign up for Swezey’s automatic heating oil delivery, you won’t have to worry about running out of fuel. In fact, you don’t really have to do a thing except pay your bill – our automated system will estimate (with high accuracy) when you need a refill based on your past usage and the current weather. When your tank is nearing one-quarter full, you’ll be contacted directly to schedule a heating oil delivery.
  • Maintain your heating equipment regularly. Regular, professional heating maintenance in LI will help keep your furnace or boiler running at peak efficiency, which means your equipment will sip rather than gulp down fuel. Professional service will also help spot leaks, performance drop-offs, and other problems before that could lead to bigger problems down the road.

Stay on top of fuel management this fall with FREE automatic heating oil delivery from Swezey, plus preventive maintenance from our expert heating system technicians! Contact us today to learn more.