What Happens If I Run Out Of Fuel At My House?

Avoid This Hassle With Automatic Delivery!

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Whether you use propane or heating oil to keep your Hudson Valley home warm this season, making sure you always have your fuel on hand is essential. Temperatures regularly fall into the teens here and can plunge even lower in a cold snap.

If you’re left without fuel, it’s not only uncomfortable—but potentially expensive.

That’s why we urge you to check your propane tank or heating oil tank gauge levels regularly and contact us right away to request a delivery before you run low.

But sometimes, you forget. The holidays can get busy. “Pandemic Brain” is a thing, and we things get lost in the shuffle. And when you forget, you could find yourself facing a heating oil or propane runout.

Why Is A Fuel Runout Bad?

The most obvious reason is that you don’t have heat in your home. You’re going to be uncomfortable and cold. Your pipes may freeze and burst.

If you use heating oil, you could seriously damage your heating system. Sediment at the bottom of your heating oil tank can get sucked into the fuel lines. If it gets to your heating system’s oil filter, the filter may become clogged and cause your furnace or boiler to break down. You’ll have to have the oil filter changed and possibly other repairs done, and the fuel lines may have to be bled to remove any air in them.

If you use propane, you can’t just turn on your propane heating system and other appliances after a runout and emergency refill. You must have a complete inspection of your propane tank and system performed by a professional service technician like those at Depew Energy. The service technician then has to relight the pilots on all your propane appliances.

And whichever fuel you use, you are on the hook for the cost of the emergency delivery and any work that needs to be done to get your heating system up and running again.

What Should I Do If I Have A Runout?

The very first thing to do if you’ve run out of heating oil or propane is to call Depew Energy right away.

DO NOT email us or contact us online. Call us at 845-568-0072. We answer our phones 24/7 and provide emergency fuel deliveries at any time of day or night.

Help keep what heat is in your home indoors. Close all curtains and blinds. Block drafts coming in from under doors. Use fireplaces and space heaters.

NEVER use your stove, BBQ grill, or camp stove to heat your home. You could create a dangerous and potentially lethal buildup of carbon monoxide.

Automatic Delivery Prevents Runouts!

The best way to avoid all of this is by enrolling in Automatic Delivery for heating oil and propane. We’ll track your fuel usage based on your past usage, and factor that alongside the current weather conditions. That information is used to accurately know when you’ll need fuel and get a delivery to you before you run low.

If you choose to stick with Will Call, DO NOT let your tank gauge levels fall below 25% full, especially during very cold weather. Check your tank more frequently. Set a reminder on your phone’s calendar. Once it reaches between 25% and 30% full, request a delivery.

Contact us today to enroll in Automatic Delivery—not only is it easy, but it’s also FREE! That’s right. No cost to you. Let’s get started!