Don’t Run Out of Heating Oil! How Much Heating Oil Is in My Tank?


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The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, cookies are in the oven and you’re all ready for the holiday season, right? Not necessarily! If you don’t have enough heating oil in your tank, your happy holiday could be anything but. Instead of allowing yourself to run out of heating oil, learn how to calculate how much heating oil is left in your tank from Penn-Mar Oil Company.

What Does Your Tank Gauge Say?

Before you run out of heating oil, check the reading on the oil tank gauge. If you are like most homeowners, you have a 275-gallon heating oil tank. Check your fuel gauge and the table below to determine approximately how many gallons are remaining.

 

Tank Gauge Reading Gallons Remaining Approximate
Full 275
7/8 241
3/4 206
5/8 172
1/2 138
3/8 103
1/4 69
7/8 34

 

How Can I Manually Measure Oil Depth?

Whether your oil tank gauge is broken or you do not have one on your tank, you can manually measure oil depth and determine roughly how much fuel oil is left. Take a clean, long dowel or yardstick and place it in the tank. Once you place it in the tank, slowly withdraw it and check to see how high the oil measures. Next, check the table below to see how many gallons you have remaining. We suggest that you do not let your heating oil level fall below 25%, particularly during periods of winter weather.

 

275 gallon (44” depth) tank 550 gallon (49” depth) tank
Oil Depth Gallons Remaining Gallons Remaining
1” 3 3
2” 8 7
3” 15 14
4″ 23 21
5″ 32 23
6″ 42 28
7″ 53 48
8″ 63 58
9″ 74 69
10″ 86 81
11″ 98 92
12″ 110 104
13″ 122 117
14″ 135 129
15″ 148 143
16″ 160 156
17″ 172 169
18″ 184 183
19″ 196 197
20″ 207 211
21″ 217 225
22″ 228 239
23″ 246 254
24″ 255 268
25″ 264 283
26″ 270 297
27″ 275 312
28″ 326
29″ 340
30″ 354
31″ 368
32″ 382
33″ 395
34″ 408
35″ 422
36″ 434
37″ 447
38″ 459
39″ 470
40″ 482
41″ 493
42″ 503
43″ 513
44″ 522
45″ 530
46″ 537
47″ 544
48″ 548
49″ 550

 

How Can I Avoid Running Out of Heating Oil?

Our automatic delivery customers have the peace of mind that we will monitor their oil around the clock. You will never need to worry if you are about to run out of heating oil! Penn-Mar Oil Company offers a complimentary automatic delivery service that takes the guesswork out of ordering oil. Our experts will monitor your heating oil levels and keep your tank filled all winter long, so you will not run out of heating oil. Call us today at (717) 276-9621 to enroll and experience a stress-free winter.

Don’t Run Out of Heating Oil with Penn-Mar Oil Company

Penn-Mar Oil Company is proud to be the preferred heating oil provider of Pennsylvania and Maryland residents since 1936. We offer high-quality kerosene, heating oil and off-road diesel, all backed up by our exceptional customer service and convenient delivery service. To order heating oil, please call us today at (717) 276-9617 or visit us online.