To fill your tank, the oil delivery truck driver must be able to tell when the vessel is full. Detecting fullness is done by listening for a whistling sound made by the vent alarm as the tank is being filled. This alarm, also known as an overflow whistle, will stop making noise once the oil level is above the bottom of the vent.
If your vent alarm becomes clogged with debris or rust, it will not whistle at any point during the filling process. The driver will not be able to fill the tank if this is the case. That’s because he or she won’t be able to tell how full the tank has become, and, for safety reasons, the delivery will have to be postponed. Therefore, to make sure that the driver can put oil in the tank, it is important that you keep your vent alarm clean and in good working condition. Usually, all it takes to restore functionality to a clogged alarm is a good cleaning.
Another thing to pay attention to is the general condition of the tank. If you can see oil leaking, rust forming, cracks or severe dents, the tank will need to be repaired or replaced before it can be filled. To help the tank stay in good condition for years, make sure it is situated in an even position. Also ensure that it is in a place where chunks of ice or snow cannot fall on it. Finally, always paint your heating oil tank with a light color. This will minimize corrosion-causing condensation inside of the vessel.
If there is a problem with your tank or vent alarm, there is no need to fret. Usually, the heating oil delivery company is also able to service tank systems. They can repair or replace any needed components. To ensure that you aren’t caught by surprise when repairs are needed, inspect your tank before you schedule a delivery and have any needed maintenance performed in advance. This way, you’ll know that your refill will take place without any problems.
Scheduling home or commercial oil delivery is easy. You can choose to order a single delivery or set up recurring shipments. Recurring shipments are typically charged to your credit card on file at the time of delivery. You will not need to be present for prepaid deliveries. With this system, you never have to worry about forgetting to order your fuel oil.