On the plus side, a modern furnace will have emergency features that shut down your equipment before long-term damage can occur.
Then, there’s the minus side.
Besides the discomfort and risks of being in a dangerously cold house, a heating oil runout can clog filters and fuel lines with the sediment that collects at the bottom of your oil tank; that means you will need a service call, a possible system reset, and a new filter. If you have a propane gas furnace, any shut down of your system requires a pressure test and inspection from a licensed professional before your heat can be restored. With any heating interruption, frozen pipes are also a major concern, with potential for thousands of dollars in flood damage.
The bottom line: it’s a good idea to avoid running out of heating fuel. But what happens if you do?
When it comes to fuel runouts, prevention is always best. You can avoid running out of home heating oil or propane if you:
If you run out of heating oil or propane this fall or winter, don’t panic – contact Hocon. Our experts will refill your tank and take care of any problems to keep your family safe and warm in your Connecticut home.