In the UK, around 1.6 million households are not connected to the national gas grid and rely on heating oil to heat up their homes.

If you’ve just moved into a property that uses heating oil, you may be wondering where to start when it comes to purchasing and ordering it. To ensure that your home stays warm and cosy over winter, it’s essential that your tank always has a sufficient amount of oil in it.

The last thing you want is for your heating oil to run out when the temperatures are low, leaving you with a freezing cold house and no heating.

Below, we have put together the top five things that you need to do when you buy heating oil.

Getting to grips with purchasing and ordering heating oil can be daunting at first, but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. To ensure that you choose the right company and get a good price for your heating oil, read on.

Find a reputable company

It is essential that you find a reputable and reliable company to supply and deliver your heating oil. We recommend choosing an established company that has been in the business for a while.

It’s always a good idea to read reviews about companies online before you choose one to get a feel for their customer service and ensure that they have a good reputation.

You’re going to need to order oil regularly throughout the year, so it’s essential that the company you choose is both reliable and reputable.

Spend some time researching local heating oil suppliers and, if possible, ask neighbours and locals what company they use for their heating oil. If you have just moved into a new property, it may be worth asking the previous homeowner which company they used and whether they had any issues with them.

Finding a local supplier has many benefits, from being more environmentally friendly to competitive pricing. Plus, when you choose a local supplier, you have the opportunity to build a relationship with them which can be beneficial.

Choose a company that offers a reliable fuel delivery service

Once you’ve found an established heating oil supplier that has positive customer reviews, it’s important that you check exactly what services they offer.

Remember, you’re going to need heating oil throughout the entire year, and therefore it’s worth checking whether or not they offer a top-up service. This can be very helpful to ensure that you’re never left without heating oil, particularly in the depths of winter.

If you have any questions about the company’s services, do not hesitate to get in touch with them to discuss your individual requirements. Reputable companies will be more than happy to discuss your needs and tell you about their services.

Check exactly what types of heating oil they supply and what the process of filling up the tank involves. Many companies can fill up your tank for you even when you’re not home, which can be extremely useful if you lead a busy lifestyle or are not at your property at certain times.

Choose a company that provides a comprehensive service that goes beyond simply supplying heating oil. For example, top up services, a reliable fuel delivery service and additional maintenance.

Shop around to find cheap oil prices

When it comes to buying heating oil, finding a company that offers affordable prices is key. It’s always a good idea to shop around before settling with one company to get a feel for different prices and deals.

We recommend gathering a few quotes from different companies and comparing them against each other to ensure that you’re getting the best possible deal. While it’s important to keep in mind that fuel oil prices do change throughout the year depending on a number of different factors, shopping around is always recommended.

Ask your local heating oil suppliers for a quote and exactly what is included in their service. The price of heating oil can vary between suppliers, which is why it’s best to compare quotes and the different services that companies offer.

Work out how much heating oil you require

Before you order any heating oil, you’ll need to check your tank levels to ensure that you order the right amount of fuel. A heating oil tank is an external tank that is unique to your individual property. If you’ve moved into a new property that has a heating oil tank, you’ll need to work out which type of oil you need.

Don’t worry, this is easy – simply check the heating system. If the heating system in your new property is not clearly labelled, we recommend getting in touch with the previous owner to ask which fuel they used. If it’s not possible to get in touch with the previous owner, contact a professional to advise you on the type of fuel your system requires.

How much heating oil you require will depend on a number of factors, including the size of your house, how much heating you use (or how long you have it on) and whether your oil boiler is efficient.

Check the tank levels to ensure that you order an appropriate amount of fuel – this can be done by checking the contents gauge or by using a dipstick. Also remember to check the maximum capacity of the tank to ensure that your order will fit in your tank.

Make sure that your tank is in good condition

Finally, it’s important that you check that your tank is in good condition to prevent any problems, which can end up being both expensive and dangerous.

Below are a few signs that may indicate that your tank needs to be replaced:

  • It’s old. The recommended lifespan of heating oil tanks is between 15 and 20 years, so if the tank exceeds this, it may be time for a replacement.
  • The tank is leaking. Some leaks are very obvious, whereas others are not so easy to spot. If your oil usage is particularly high, this could be down to an undetected leak. Inspect the tank for any dents or holes, or any wet spots underneath the tank.
  • The tank is damaged. If there are noticeable signs of deterioration on the tank exterior, such as rust, scuffs and dents, it may not be operating correctly and will therefore need repairing or replacing.
  • The legs are unstable. The legs of the tank can become unstable simply from holding the tank up too long or if bad weather has soaked the ground beneath your unit. Additionally, the legs may be unstable due to improper installation. Replacing the legs is possible, however, we recommend replacing the entire tank if the legs have become unstable.

Western Fuel: The go-to heating oil supplier in the South West

At Western Fuel, we are proud to be the leading heating oil supplier in the South West of England. We have a broad range of fuel options for both fuels and businesses, and are always fully stocked and ready to deliver at a moment’s notice. Excellent customer service is a top priority for us, which is why we always aim to reach our customers in just a couple of hours.

Whether you’re looking for a one-time supply or a continued service, you needn’t look further than us for your heating oil needs. At Western Fuel, we are proud to offer affordable and high-quality fuel oil in Bridgwater. In addition to fuel, we also supply lubricants and boiler servicing.

For more information about our fuel delivery service and products, including emergency oil delivery, simply visit our website or get in touch with us today.

Please call 01278 431451 or send us an email at – and one of our local, industry experts will be happy to help with your enquiry.