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Oil furnaces are still a popular means of heating homes in many areas, including Anderson Creek, North Carolina. But when not properly maintained, they can potentially run out of fuel. Learn what you can do if your furnace runs out of oil and where you can go to get your heating system up and running.

How to Know You’ve Run Out of Oil

Without oil, your furnace stops working. To make sure it runs at peak performance, you want to keep your oil tank at least a quarter of the way full and keep a schedule of regular deliveries.

You can generally calculate how often to get oil deliveries by looking at the average temperature for the month, measuring how much oil you’ve used in a typical day, and multiply that by 30 for the gallons you’ll most likely use in a month. Then divide that number by how many gallons your fuel tank can store, and that’s how often you should get your deliveries.

What to Do If You Run Out of Oil

Again, the best solution is to keep on top of things so your oil tank doesn’t run low. If you run out of oil, there’s only one thing you can do to get up and running quickly, and that’s order more oil as fast as possible. This can be difficult in the dead of winter when suppliers are very busy, but it’s your fastest option.

If you do run out, once you have more fuel you’ll need to restart your furnace by hitting the reset button. If that doesn’t work, you may need to bleed your unit and then restart it, which is best done by a professional.

If you’re worried about your furnace, or you have an oil heating unit that you’re afraid may run out of oil, you can call Cape Fear Air Conditioning, Heating, & Electrical Company, Inc. at 910-216-9394. We’ll take care of your heater and make sure you stay warm all winter long.

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