Did you know your oil tank gauge is a very important device? Massachusetts oil burner code requires that a tank gauge be installed. This is a very simple device but do not attempt to change out your gauge by yourself. Without the proper training, you could end up damaging the new gauge you just purchased… or even worse, an improperly installed tank gauge could cause a leak the next time the tank is filled.
Tank gauges usually read in 1/8 increments and very rarely read completely full after the tank is filled. This is due to manufacturers’ piping instructions when installing a device called a vent alarm. Some gauges are combination vent alarm and tank gauge while others are just a tank gauge.
As a will-call customer, you are responsible to monitor your tank gauge and order oil manually, allowing sufficient time for delivery (see ‘Service Area’ for delivery expectation dates). All gauges are not the most accurate, thus we recommending ordering oil prior to your gauge getting below ¼ full. This will allow plenty of time for us to get there and disregard any gauge error that may or may not be occurring. For our automatic customers, the gauge is much less important since we will be coming automatically and filling your tank to make sure you will never run out of oil.
Did you know that you can buy an electronic tank gauge? These handy devices have the range of a standard cordless phone and the receiver can be placed in a handy space perhaps in the kitchen thus eliminating the need to go the basement and check your tank gauge. You can contact one of our neighborhood service providers for more information.