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How To Read Your Storage Tank Gauge

Whether you use heating oil or propane (or both!), it’s good to know.

how to read a propane tank gaugeKnowing how to read the gauge on your heating oil or propane tank is one of the most essential skills you need to have as a homeowner.

Why? Because you need to know how much heating oil or propane you have so you can keep your North Carolina home warm, safe and comfortable year ‘round!

If you use Will-Call for your heating oil or propane delivery, it’s your responsibility to check your gauge levels regularly and to contact us to schedule a delivery. Remember, it may be several days before we can get to your home, so you need to call us before your tank gauge levels drop below 30% full.

Not doing that means you risk running low on fuel or, worse, running out. Not only will you be without fuel, you’ll incur extra expenses for emergency delivery and re-starting your appliances and equipment, as well as any safety measures like the required pressure test for your propane tank.

You can avoid all that by enrolling in LG Jordan’s automatic delivery for heating oil and propane! We’ll monitor your propane usage alongside the current weather conditions to schedule a fuel delivery to your home before you run low.

How to read a heating oil tank gauge

The gauge is usually located on top of the tank. It’s a clear glass or plastic tube marked with numbers that look like the gas gauge in your car: F, ¾, ½, ¼. A red marker or float indicates how much fuel is left in your tank. If the float is at or near the bottom of the gauge, or not visible at all, your tank is empty or almost empty. Contact us immediately to schedule an emergency delivery.

If outdoor temperatures average 32˚ Fahrenheit over a 24-hour period, a 2,500-square-foot house uses about seven gallons of heating oil. If you let your 275-gallon heating oil tank (the size of most residential oil tanks) get down to 25% full, you have enough heating oil for maybe a week if you’re using your home heating equipment with regularity. That’s why we recommend you don’t go below 30% before scheduling a delivery.

How to read a propane tank gauge

Go out to your propane tank and look for the round dial on it that looks like a speedometer. Unlike heating oil tanks, which use fractions, the numbers on the dial indicate the percentage of how full your propane tank is. If the needle is on 60, your propane tank is 60% full. Again, don’t let your tank fall below 30% full before requesting a delivery.

Make life easier by enrolling in automatic delivery and leave the tank reading to us! Contact us today to get started.