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Once I purchased my first home, I realized that I needed to do my part in caring for my home appliances. In addition to reading the user manuals for my kitchen appliances and state-of-the-art plumbing system, I realized that I also needed to do a little research about HVAC. Because I had no experience with HVAC systems, I called out a professional to teach me a thing or two. It was fascinating to talk with him, and I was able to take notes about all kinds of important topics, such as maintenance, troubleshooting, and even shopping for a new system. This blog is all about understanding HVAC guidelines.

Understanding HVAC Guidelines

Fuel Oil Delivery 101: Common Questions About Home Heating Oil Delivery

Marilou Girard

Even though many modern HVAC systems utilize electricity or natural gas to provide heat, systems that rely on heating oil do still exist. Heating oil is considered an efficient fuel source for home heating. However, if you are new to heating with oil, you do have to get accustomed to the fuel oil delivery process. In general, you can work with an oil delivery company to order heating oil as the oil stored in a tank on your property is depleted. Here are a few questions you may have. 

How close will the delivery driver need to get to the oil tank?

In most cases, the fuel oil delivery driver will prefer to park close to the tank so they do not have to extend a great length of hose to fill your tank. Nevertheless, most trucks are equipped with a relatively long hose. Therefore, if your heating oil is located in a rather precarious place where parking close would be difficult, the driver will still be able to fill your tank. 

What is the fuel oil delivery driving putting in the oil tank during delivery?

You may notice the delivery driver placing a long rod or stick down into the tank opening when they deliver your heating oil. There may be a few logical explanations for what is taking place. One, the driver may simply be measuring the oil level in the tank, which is common if the tank does not have an oil gauge that shows how much oil is remaining. Many older heating oil tanks have no gauges, which means the driver must get a look at the oil level in the tank before they start filling with new oil. Also, a vent/fill pipe may be used to allow the driver to connect the pumping hose from the truck to the fill pipe instead of placing the nozzle directly into the tank. 

How do you know how many gallons of oil were delivered?

When the driver is finished filling your heating oil tank, they will create a delivery ticket that shows you how many gallons were in the tank before the fill, how many gallons were added, and how much oil you now have in your tank. It is always a good idea to hang onto this delivery ticket as your proof of purchase or simply as a reminder so you know when your oil delivery took place.

If you have more questions, be sure to reach out to oil delivery services.