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How much oil is in the oil storage tank? Heating oil tank gauge installation, reading, testing, repair guide: how much oil is in the heating oil tank? How accurate is the oil tank gauge? This article describes how to find, read, and test the oil gauge on a home heating oil tank. If your oil fired heating boiler, warm air furnace, or water heater has stopped working, one of the first things to check is whether or not you've run out of fuel. If your oil tank is above ground indoors or outside it should have a fuel level gauge installed similar to the one shown in our photo.
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Well it's easier than you might think. On most oil tank gauges, the plastic tube that covers the actual moving gauge parts is just screwed into the cast iron base that holds the gauge assembly. Once in a while when we've wondered if our oil tank was really empty, or when an owner has reported that the oil gauge seems to "stick" we've done this simple test.
We have made a video of the procedure for testing an oil tank gauge and will post it here soon.
How to Find Out How Much Oil is in a Buried Oil Tank or an Above Ground Oil Storage Tank that is Missing its Gauge?
Conventional float type oil storage tank gauges are not precise in reporting the quantity of oil remaining in the tank.
Below we offer an example of a high-precision float gauge used for oil tanks.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about oil tank gauges: buy, install, repair, replace, read, or troubleshoot oil storage tank gauges
The plastic cover that covers (shows the 1/8 markings) the gauge of my oil tank broke/cracked.
The plastic part that covers your oil tank gauge is called the gauge vial. You can get one from a local oil heating equipment parts supplier or online. At oil storage tank gauge vials [above in this article] we have added photos and details. - Reader G.C. [Thanks GC] .
When we bought our house, our (oval 275 gal) tank had a reading of about 7/8 (halfway between F and 3/4) and our oil company estimated this to be 190 gals, which would be closer to 2/3 than 7/8 and certainly below 3/4, which it was not. We used this oil from the time we bought it, through the end of last year's heating season until the end of this September.
At this point, we had about 1/8 of a tank. We received a fill-up, which was for 203 gallons and put us at full. It would reason that with an oval tank, the round parts at the top and bottom (round parts) would hold less oil per vertical inch than the middle (straight parts).
That being said, it seems like the top 1/8 and bottom 1/8 combined hold about 150 gallons, or half a tank's worth. Other than this, our oil gauge seems to be reading fine, in that it went from full to half over the course of late September to today (middle of December). I just got a fill up and my tank was reading almost exactly at 1/2, but it was only 100 gallons to fill it.
RJ, there are a few sources of confusion about just how much oil a particular oil tank holds, how much is in it at any given moment, and about just how near to capacity the oil company fills the oil storage tank during delivery.
Question on a fuel oil tank gauge: 275 gallon outside, vertical, 8 years old, in good repair. Sees Maryland winters.
I have 2 275 gallon oil tanks. I had 150 gallons of oil delivered when the gauge showed I had just less than an 1/8th of oil in the tank. After the 150 gallons was put in the gauge went just above 1/8th. How is that possible? 150 gallons represents 1/4th of the tank and the tank already had oil in it? - Carl 6/20/2012
Maybe so, Carl. Consider that especially when filling the lower section (or top section) of an ovate oil tank, the gauge, which moves linearly, can't accurately reflect the actual tank amount. The gauge is accurate only at 3 points: empty, half empty, and full.
I have got a Worcester Camray 5 which is located in the garden. I had an indoor plug in oil level indicator but it has gone missing - where can I get a replacement one please. - Karen Gallant 6/27/12
Karen the Worcester Camray 5 is a discontinued oil fired heating boiler. I don't know about the oil level indicator you cite - but if it is a device mounted on your oil piping or oil tank, I would imagine your oil heat service company can install a generic replacement.
I have a float gage (319 gallon indoor oval tank), the tank went empty and was filled with 200 gallons however the gage did not return to show approximately 3/4 full. Is it because there is liquid sitting on top of the float gage? If so, is there a way to correct this so the tank reads accurately? - Ian 8/7/12
Question: how do I read the oil tank gauge against the scale: from the top, center, or bottom of the plastic disc?
The following photo is from your site and is just like mine. It has a disc in a tube like the one below and red marks on tube as shown. The disc is like a checker. And I was wondering if you read the top edge or bottom of checker. - Cliff by email 12/5/2012
Now that you sent us our own photo and an email query I understand the question better.
Watch out: as we get near the bottom of the oil tank, because of that ovate shape, the oil level falls more rapidly than while we're using oil from a tank filled around mid-way.
Watch out: for oil storage tanks whose fuel lines are taken off of the top of the oil tank, the installer almost never places the oil pick-up line all the way at the bottom of the tank. Typically the line is kept a several inches or even more above the tank bottom in order to avoid picking up sludge or water that might be sent to (and foul) the oil burner. For this reason, we never use the very last bit of oil in the storage tank. This means that for practical purposes (actually being able to draw oil from the tank) that last 1/4 or 1/8 of an oil tank level showing on the oil tank gauge may in fact be very close to TANK EMPTY.
Question: what is an oil tank whistle and how does it relate to oil deliveries?
Oil won't be delivered unless the tank gives out a whistle, please explain since I'm new at this. and what can I do. Thanks. - Felix S 11/12/12
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