What To Do When You Run Out Of Home Heating Oil

It’s a Monday morning and after hitting the snooze button on the alarm a few times, you finally wrangle yourself out of bed and head to the bathroom to take a shower. You’re counting on a hot shower to wake you up and you ready for the day of work that lies ahead. When you run the water and turn the handle to hot, you stand there, waiting for the warm water to start flowing, but to your dismay, you are shocked by freezing cold water.

When you jump out of the shower, naturally, your first instinct is to check your thermostat, and your worst fear has become a reality: You’re out of home heating oil. What do you do now? First, don’t panic; next, read on to find out how to handle this dilemma…

Order a Fuel Oil Delivery

After confirming that you are, indeed, out of oil, the first thing you should do is put a call in to a COD fuel delivery company. Thanks to the Internet, you can quickly and easily find a company that will delivery fuel for you when you need it, and you can also compare prices to see who offers the best deal.

Your best bet is to look for a company that doesn’t charge a fee for emergency deliveries and one that can get to you in a short timeframe. The longer you have to wait, the more disruption there will be to your day. The more you have to pay, well, the more unhappy you are going to be (and you’re likely already going to be pretty unhappy.)

Ask for an Estimated Time Frame

When placing your fuel order with a cash heating oil company, don’t forget to ask for the estimate delivery time. Knowing when to expect the delivery will ensure that you are prepared when it arrives, and will allow you to make necessary modifications in the interim (such as taking a shower at a friend’s house.)

Be Prepared

Make sure you are there when the COD company arrives for your fuel oil delivery. You want to be able to show the delivery person where the tank is located so that the delivery can be made as quickly and efficiently as possible. If payment is due on receipt of the oil delivery, make sure you are prepared with a check, a credit or a debit card.

Looking to the Future…

Running out of home heating oil is certainly an inconvenience, and one that you don’t want to experience again. To avoid issues in the future, keep these tips in mind once your tank has been filled:

  • Keep tabs on your oil. Have a monitor installed on your oil tank so that you can easily keep track of how much oil is in it. Don’t forget to check the monitor at least once a week so that you know where your oil level stands, and so that you can call for a delivery when the level is getting low.
  • Order ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute or until your tank has already reached a dangerously low point. When your tank dips down to ¼, call to schedule a delivery.
  • Keep the system in-check. If your heating system is not operating properly, it could start burning oil at a much more rapid rate, which could increase the risk of running out. Schedule routine maintenance to ensure that everything is in proper working order. If problems are spotted, have them corrected as soon as possible to prevent issues down the line.

For all of your home heating oil needs, emergency and routine deliveries, give us a call! One of our professionals will be at your home in no time, ready to fuel you up.