Prevent Oil Or Propane Run-Outs This Winter

Posted: December 23, 2019

With winter upon us, our team has put together some timely tips so we can make deliveries to you when you need them.

  • If you call in to order your oil or propane, you need to keep a close watch on your fuel tank. This is especially important when it gets bitter cold and stays that way for a while. We recommend placing your order when the oil tank is about one-quarter full or when your propane tank gauge reaches the 30% level.
  • You can take a lot of worry away—and save time—by asking us to put you on an automatic delivery schedule. This lowers the risk of running out of fuel.
  • If you’re already on automatic deliveries, tell us if anything in your household has changed that that could affect your fuel consumption. that could affect your fuel use.—such as extended visits from relatives, a room addition. new appliances, etc.
  • You may qualify for a wireless tank monitor. We can install a device that wirelessly monitors your fuel usage in real-time, so we will always know the actual amount of fuel in your tank. Please contact us to find out more about a wireless tank monitor.
  • After a storm, clear any snow or ice from your propane tank and its components. Inspect the outside air vents for appliances also to ensure there is no blockage. Use a broom (not a shovel) so you don’t cause any damage.
  • Keep a clear path to your storage tank and clear your driveway after a storm so our driver can reach your tank. Our trucks need a space wide enough for an ambulance to get through.
  • If you have an underground tank, plant a bright orange or yellow flag near it to allow our drivers to easily find your tank after it snows.

What to do if you smell gas

If you ever smell gas, leave your home right away. Report the problem from another location as soon as possible. Read more propane safety tips.

Keep your heating system working safely and properly

  • Keep the area around your heating system as clean and clutter-free as possible. Never store anything flammable near your system.
  • If you have an oil or gas furnace, change or clean the air filter a few times during the heating season. A dirty filter compromises efficiency and can even result in a shutdown. If you have a steam boiler, check the water gauge periodically. Low water levels are a leading cause for boiler shutdowns. Steam boilers should also be “flushed” when the water in the gauge looks rusty. Talk with us if you’re not familiar with this procedure.

Always feel free to contact us if you have any concerns or questions about staying safe and warm this winter. If it’s an emergency, we’ll be there—because we’re the people you can trust.