Ordering heating oil and having it delivered to your home should be a relatively straightforward process but, if you have just moved home and are new to heating oil, you might find some of our tips could save you time and money.
Ordering your heating oil
- The minimum delivery for heating oil is 500 litres, so you will need to make sure you have enough capacity in your tank.
- You will need to estimate how much heating oil you need before ordering. How you do this will depend on whether you have a tank gauge or heating oil monitor that will give you a good indication of how much oil is in the tank. If you don’t have a tank gauge, you will need to use the old fashioned method of inserting a dry stick into the heating oil tank to see how high up the stick the oil reaches. This will give an indication of the level of oil in the tank but you will need to know the capacity of your tank to be able to calculate how much room you have and hence how much oil to order. You may be able to get specific advice for your oil tank from the manufacturer.
- The easiest way to get an instant quote from local heating oil suppliers and order your heating oil is on the BoilerJuice website.
Before the delivery
- It is preferable to be present for the delivery so that you can be assured that the correct amount is delivered and provide access to the oil tank. However, if you can’t be present, your oil can still be delivered.
- Make sure any gates/access points required by the delivery driver are open and that the delivery driver can access your tank.
- Make sure your oil boiler is switched off to prevent sludge entering your heating oil system and blocking filters. If this happens you will need to call out an OFTEC approved engineer to rectify the issue.
- Ensure any tank locks or security devices have been removed or disabled so that the delivery driver carry out the delivery.
- Make sure there is a suitable place for the tanker to park that is safe and accessible and make the supplier aware beforehand if there are any access issues.
During the delivery
- If you are present for the delivery, ensure the driver resets the meter on the delivery tanker to zero.
After the delivery
- Once the oil has been delivered check that the meter on the delivery tanker shows the correct amount of heating oil has been delivered and that this matches with the quantity displayed on the delivery ticket.
- Remember to re enable any security devices and lock gates/tank locks to ensure your heating oil is safe. Do this straight away! A full tank of heating oil is a big temptation.
- If you are unable to be present for the delivery, you will need to check the correct amount of oil has been delivered by re checking the level of heating oil in the tank.