Whether you’re preparing to celebrate the holidays with your family or getting your house in order before a snowstorm hits, one of the to-do list items you might be forgetting is filling your heating oil tank with high-quality fuel! If you run out of heating oil at any point during the winter, it can mean cold nights and the need for an emergency fuel source. Instead of letting your tank run dry, learn how to calculate the amount of fuel oil in your tank from Stover Energy.

How Do I Read My Heating Oil Tank Gauge?

Start by reading your heating oil tank gauge. Most Maryland and Pennsylvania residential homes that use heating oil as the primary fuel source have a 275-gallon tank. Examine the gauge on the fuel oil tank and compare the reading to the table below to see approximately how many gallons you have before you run out of heating oil.

Tank Gauge ReadingGallons Remaining Approximate
Full275
7/8241
3/4206
5/8172
1/2138
3/8103
1/469
7/834

How Can I Measure the Oil in My Tank?

If your heating oil tank gauge is not working properly or damaged, you can manually measure the heating oil depth in your tank to approximate how much fuel you have remaining. Grab a clean, long yardstick or dowel and put it in the oil tank. Slowly withdraw it and look to see how far the oil goes up the stick. Use the table below to check how many gallons you have remaining before you run out of heating oil, based on the inches that you measure. In general, you should not allow your fuel oil levels to dip below 25%.

275 gallon (44” depth) tank550 gallon (49” depth) tank
Oil DepthGallons RemainingGallons Remaining
1”33
2”87
3”1514
4″2321
5″3223
6″4228
7″5348
8″6358
9″7469
10″8681
11″9892
12″110104
13″122117
14″135129
15″148143
16″160156
17″172169
18″184183
19″196197
20″207211
21″217225
22″228239
23″246254
24″255268
25″264283
26″270297
27″275312
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

I’m Worried I Will Run Out of Heating Oil, What Should I Do?

If you never want to be concerned about whether or not you will run out of heating oil, we suggest enrolling in free automatic delivery from Stover Energy. Our automatic delivery customers get our best rates and never need to worry about fuel oil levels falling dangerously low. We monitor your heating oil levels and schedule deliveries around your anticipated need based on our proprietary algorithm. Stover Energy is here for you!

Quality Heating Oil from Stover Energy

We are proud to be the preferred heating oil provider of hundreds of families throughout Dauphin County and the surrounding communities. To schedule a delivery or learn more about Stover Energy, call us today at (717) 297-8497.