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Running Out of Home Heating Oil

Did you forget to order your home heating oil?  If so, forgetting to order heating oil has a few consequences more than just running out of hot water or a cold house. Maybe your home heating oil ran out quicker than you expected, or you simply just forgot to reorder.  Either way, Patriot Discount Oil can help. Although it is best not to let your heating system run out of oil it is not the end of the world.

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If you find yourself out of heating oil, ask yourself these few questions.

  • When was the last time you filled your oil tank?
  • Have you increased the temperature on your thermostat?
  • Has the temperature suddenly turned colder than it had been?
  • Is your oil tank secure?
  • Is your oil tank accessible to theft? If so, checking on crimes in the area might be helpful.
  • Is your boiler working correctly?
  • When was the last time you serviced your boiler?

Consequences of Running Out of Home Heating Oil

Many people fear that running out of home heating oil will damage their boiler. However, this is not necessarily true. Every furnace comes with an emergency switch that acts as a safety mechanism.  This built-in feature will automatically switch off the burner when there is no oil to combust.

Running out of home heating oil can result in clogged filters and fuel lines.  This occurs due to the dirt and residue that collects at the bottom of your oil tank that may get lodged into the fuel lines and clog the filters.  If this happens, calling Patriot Discount Oil for assistance may be necessary.

After Refilling Your Tank:

After your oil tank has been filled again, your system may have to be reset, and a new filter put in place.  Additionally, if your radiators have been off for an extended period of time, you may also need to bleed the oil lines to release any trapped air inside. Draining the fuel line is not always necessary unless the furnace does not restart once you have added more oil.  

If your furnace does not restart right away, contact our heating professionals for better assistance.

How to Prevent Running Out of Home Heating Oil in The Future?

Prevention is better for your heating system (and your pocketbook). Avoid running out of home heating oil with a these few simple steps.

  • Use an electronic tank gauge to monitor your heating oil level.
  • Order your home heating oil in advance– do not wait until the last minute to order your heating oil. Bad weather and other external influences could delay delivery.
  • Secure your oil tank to prevent theft.

Contact Patriot Discount Oil Today

Patriot Discount Oil drivers can restart your burner if you run out of home heating oil. When you call to place your order, you must specify that you will need this service. In order to restart the burner, our drivers will require access to the burner at the time of delivery. Additionally, Patriot Discount Oil will charge an additional fee for this service. Contact us for more information.

When the temperatures drop, heating oil can run low quicker than usual.  By monitoring your oil levels on a regular base, you can prevent these unnecessary issues from ever occurring.  Contact Patriot Discount Oil to schedule your heating oil delivery once your oil tank level reaches a 1/4 tank. Generally oil delivery may take up to two days excluding weekends and holidays.  To schedule your home heating oil delivery or for assistance in restarting your burner, contact us today where you are guaranteed reasonable oil prices with quality customer service!