Our customer service team is frequently asked how to determine the size and the capacity of their home heating oil tank. And it is a good question!
Maybe you have recently moved into your home or have not thought about heating oil delivery in months and have just forgotten. Knowing the size of your home heat oil tank is important stuff – as it is the key in keeping your home and family warm during cold weather months. And if the tank does not have a gauge, the size of the oil tank is vital information to determine the amount of heating fuel remaining in the tank.
The amount of oil a tank can hold is measured in gallons. The most common size oil tank for a home is 275 gallons.
• Determining the size of the oil tank and the amount of oil in the tank is relatively easy. Measure the width, height, and depth of your oil tank. At the bottom of each column is the total the tank size can hold. In the 275 and 330 tank sizes they are manufactured either tall (H) or wide (V).
• To figure out the oil level of the tank you will need a long, clean measuring tape, stick or pole.
Stick a measuring stick into the tank and measure the number of inches of oil in your tank, this is similar to the process of checking the oil level in your vehicle. Look at inches column on the far left and compare with your tank size to determine the amount of oil in your tank.
For example: A tank that measures 27”W X 44”L X 60”D is a 275 gallon tall tank. A pole inserted shows 11” of oil remaining in the tank. This means the tank has 108 gallons remaining.
The size of your oil tank is needed to place a heat oil order and to ensure a smooth delivery. If you are still uncertain about the size of your oil tank, or the amount of remain oil in the tank, contact Tevis Energy at (410) 876-6800 and one of our customer care representatives will be happy to assist you!
Automatic Delivery is a good option to reduce the concerns of when or how much heating fuel to order. You don’t need to worry about how much heating oil you have and whether it will arrive during severe weather events.