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How To Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

Rinker Oil and Propane’s tune-ups help keep your furnace going strong!

heating maintenance pennsylvaniaOur service department gets bustling in the fall, so Rinker Oil and Propane urges customers to contact us now to book a furnace maintenance tune-up for their home before the temperatures drop.

Appointments for tune-ups are easier to schedule, and you won’t have a long wait time, if you make one soon.

Another way you can take care of your furnace is to enroll in one of Rinker Oil and Propane’s affordable service plans. First of all, every one of our service plans includes an annual maintenance check for your furnace so that it will run smoothly. But that’s only the beginning. You also get priority service, discounts on parts and labor for repairs, the option of adding your home’s water heater to the plan, and Loyalty Credits for consecutive years of enrollment!

Why do I need a tune-up of my furnace?

By entrusting Rinker Oil and Propane with your furnace’s annual maintenance tune-up, you’re not only guaranteeing its ability to make it through another winter in the Southern Tier, but you’re also reaping other benefits!

Cut your heating costs. By ensuring your furnace is properly maintained, you help it to operate at peak efficiency, thereby saving money on propane or heating oil.

Keep your furnace going longer. If you want your furnace to run smoothly and last a long time, then it’s important to keep up with regular maintenance.

Keep the warranty valid. Your furnace’s warranty may be null and void if you don’t have it serviced by a professional once per year. This means that all future repair expenses would come out of your pocket.

Should I repair or replace my furnace?

If you’re unsure about whether to repair your old furnace or buy a new one, our team of experts can help. We’ll offer an objective assessment and help you make a decision based on your needs.

In certain cases, repairing your furnace may be the best solution. If it’s less than seven years old, repairs are generally easier and less expensive. If you want to stay in your house for another year or two, repair may be the best option. Finally, a brand-new furnace might not be within your budget.

There are times, however, when replacing your furnace is the correct decision.

Age and condition. If your furnace is roughly 10 years old or older and you don’t get it serviced regularly, an upgrade might be necessary.

Repair bills. It is usually more cost-effective to replace your furnace rather than repairing it if the costs of repairs would exceed half of the cost of a new one. In the long run, you’ll be more comfortable and save money on your energy bills.

Efficiency. Furnaces that are not maintained over time become less efficient. An old furnace’s efficiency may fall to 60% or lower. A new furnace, on the other hand, has efficiencies approaching 98%, meaning that your energy expenditures will be lower for years to come.

Make time today to get in touch with Rinker Oil and Propane to schedule your furnace’s annual maintenance tune-up!

How To Read an Oil Tank Gauge

Automatic Delivery Takes the Worry Out of Heating Oil!

heating oil gauge new yorkIf you’re a Rinker Oil and Propane heating oil customer who has chosen Will-Call for your heating oil delivery, then checking your tank’s fuel level frequently is key. Doing this allows you to tell when it is time to order more heating oil before you run out.

The gauge is usually located on top of the tank. It’s a clear glass or plastic tube marked with numbers that look like the gas gauge in your car: F, ¾, ½, ¼. A red marker or float indicates how much fuel is left in your tank. If the float is at or near the bottom of the gauge, or not visible at all, your tank is empty or almost empty. Contact us right away to schedule an emergency delivery.
 
If outdoor temperatures average 32˚ Fahrenheit over a 24-hour period, a 2,500-square-foot house uses about seven gallons of heating oil. If you let your 275-gallon heating oil tank (the size of most residential oil tanks) get down to 25% full, you have enough heating oil for perhaps a week.

It might take a few days for us to get a delivery to your home. Thus, it is essential that you request a delivery before your tank gauge falls below ¼ full.

What happens if I run out of heating oil?

Your heating system will automatically shut off when you use up all your heating oil. Soon after, your house will become cold. If that goes on for too long, your pipes may freeze and burst.

If you have a heating oil run-out, it could also damage your furnace or boiler. The sludge at the bottom of your tank may be pulled into the filter and clog it, which will also damage the oil line. You may also have to pay for the oil line bleeding and filter replacement in addition to the emergency heating oil delivery fee.

Automatic Delivery makes having heating oil simple!

We use the most up-to-date technology and a tried-and-true approach of calculation to correctly predict when you will require more heating oil. Our computer algorithms will take into account your heating oil usage history, the current temperatures, and any weather patterns to calculate when your tank will be 30% full.

This enables us to see when your heating oil is running low, so we can plan your next delivery and ensure that you won’t run out. Your work is done! With this new system, you won’t have to go outside in the cold and snow or down to your basement to check your tank gauge. You also won’t need to contact us for a delivery request anymore or worry about forgetting to check your tank gauge.

We base Automatic Delivery partially on your past fuel consumption, so it’s important to tell us about anything that will change how much heating oil you use. Examples of this include:

Contact us to become a Rinker Oil and Propane Automatic Delivery customer for easy heating oil delivery!

Share the benefits of being a Rinker Oil and Propane customer!

referral program new yorkAt Rinker Oil and Propane, our goal is always to deliver the professional, courteous service that our customers expect and deserve. It’s the cornerstone of our Service, Quality, and Value guarantees. That commitment is why we have been in business for 86 years.

Our purpose is to make your life easy by providing dependable heating oil and propane delivery, wireless propane tank monitoring, heating oil tank protection, equipment services, budget-friendly service plans, and more.

We’d be grateful if you could share your appreciation for Rinker Oil and Propane with your family and friends. You can get a reward from our Refer a Friend program as thanks!

There is no advertising that can compare to word-of-mouth from people whose opinions you value. After all, wouldn’t you trust what a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker has to say more than an ad?

How does Refer a Friend work?

Whether it’s a great new restaurant or an interesting store, you and your friends are always recommending things to each other. Maybe you have discovered a new bakery that makes great birthday cakes. Perhaps you read a good book recently and recommend it to a friend for their book club.

The goal of Refer a Friend is to promote this type of sharing. Do you have any acquaintances who are looking for heating oil or equipment services? They might be in the process of moving or dissatisfied with their current fuel company.

Why not let them know about the exceptional and trustworthy service you receive from Rinker Oil and Propane? It’s not only good for your friend; it’s also good for you!

For each family member or friend you refer who becomes a new Rinker Oil and Propane Automatic Delivery customer, you’ll receive a $100 credit on your Rinker Oil and Propane account.
 
The more friends and family members you refer, the more rewards you’ll receive!

Do you have questions about our Refer a Friend program? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

Is Heating Oil Safe?

Get safety & security with heating oil from Rinker Oil and Propane!

safety of oilheat new yorkHomeowners in the Southern Tier have long relied on heating oil to keep their homes warm for generations, and even with other options available, that tradition continues.

Why is this the case? There are a lot of reasons for this! Home heating oil is less expensive and heats your home faster than any other energy source. With reliable heating oil delivery from Rinker Oil and Propane, you never have to depend on a utility’s aging infrastructure as you do with natural gas or electric heating.

Safety is another reason that homeowners love heating oil.

Did you know that heating oil is one of the safest home heating fuels? It’s true that it has the word “oil” in its name, but it isn’t an immediate risk of catching fire. Heating oil must be heated to at least 140°F before it can be vaporized and combusted in your home’s boiler or furnace.

Today’s heating oil tanks are another illustration of safety. They’re now constructed with double-wall steel, as well as plastic and fiberglass, to guarantee that they are practically leakproof. There are built-in alarms that prevent the tank from being overfilled, lowering the risk of spills and leaks. Even with all of this, there are things that you need do to ensure your oil- fired heating system and heating oil tank operate safely.

Take good care of your heating system

Rinker Oil and Propane’s furnace or boiler tune-ups are a great preventative measure to keep your home in top condition. Their experienced professionals will inspect every bit of your heating system for any problems that could become hazardous.

We also provide affordable service plans that include a tune-up as well as savings on repair work!

Keep an eye on your heating oil tank

Between deliveries of heating oil, check your heating oil tank for signs of deterioration. Check for blisters on the paint, dampness around the outside of the tank that remains even after a fuel delivery, and pinhole leaks. Contact Rinker Oil and Propane if you see any of these to prevent a costly heating oil tank failure.

Contact us immediately if you find oil on the floor or ground around your tank.

Prevent carbon monoxide danger

It’s extremely unlikely that heating oil will cause a carbon monoxide leak. They are, however, possible, especially if your oil-fired heating system is not properly maintained. Contact Rinker Oil and Propane right away if your boiler or furnace is producing black smoke or soot. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the house, including the basement, as well as outside all bedrooms. Test and change the batteries twice a year and replace the detectors every five years.
 
Become a Rinker Oil and Propane customer for the most dependable heating oil delivery and service in the Southern Tier!

How To Check Your Grill Propane Level

Never again run out of propane while grilling!

grill refill new yorkSummertime is outstanding because we can indulge in outdoor grilling and dining! Whether it’s a quick weekday meal or a laid-back weekend dinner with relatives and pals, enjoying summertime grilled meals outdoors is the best.

Propane is a quick, simple way to prepare food without the smoke, wait, and effort of a charcoal grill. Whether you’re grilling burgers and hot dogs for a crowd, cooking grilled fish for a low-carb supper, or barbecuing ribs or brisket, propane makes grilling fast and easy!

If you want to keep grilling, make sure you have enough propane in your cylinder. Otherwise, the cookout’s over and your only options are carrying out another tank or getting takeout.

There are methods you can use to find out how much propane is in your tank so that you won’t have this problem again. Let’s go through them one by one.

The hot water trick

This method is as easy as 1-2-3! Here’s what you do.

The top of the cool spot is the fill level of the tank. It’s cool because liquid propane inside the tank is absorbing the heat from the water, which makes the metal wall of the tank cool to the touch. You can use this method to gauge how many of the original 18 to 20 pounds are in the tank.

Use your tank’s weight

Most propane grilling tanks, when empty, weigh around 17 pounds and can hold 20 pounds of gas. There are usually two figures stamped onto the handle of the tank – these represent the water capacity (WC) and Tare Weight (TW).

To figure out how much propane is left in your tank, put your propane cylinder on a scale and note the weight, then subtract the TW number from that figure. Here’s an example of how that works: If a tank weighing 28 pounds has a TW of 17 pounds, there’s about 11 pounds of gas left. That’s a little more than half a tank.

Add an external pressure gauge

You can find an external tank gauge at many places- online, home improvement stores, grills shops, and hardware stores. Options include:

Connect your grill to your home’s propane tank

A grill box connected to your home’s existing bulk propane tank is another option. You’ll never have to go out for a refill or swap, and you won’t run out of fuel while grilling dinner. Inquire about how to install a grill box so that your gas grill may be fed with continuous fuel.

Rinker Oil & Propane is the Southern Tier’s leader for dependable propane delivery and equipment service. Become a customer today!

Propane Safety During Severe Storms

Use these tips to keep your home and loved ones safe

propane storm safety new yorkSevere weather can happen frequently here in Southwestern New York, with fronts passing overhead and hot, muggy weather setting off pop-up thunderstorms.

With that kind of severe weather possible, it’s critical to understand everything there is to know about propane safety so that you may safeguard your family and house in the event of bad weather hitting your town.

We’ve put together some important information and tips, so you are able to take care of things in the event of an electrical storm.

Before a storm

Pay attention for any propane leaks. When you notice a propane gas odor, it’s an indication that there is propane gas leaking. Small propane leaks, particularly in bad weather, can get worse and become more dangerous.

Be informed and prepared. Every adult in your household should know how to shut off the gas line at your propane tank. It must be done if you need to leave your house. Turning off the gas helps to prevent a dangerous leak that could ignite.

During a storm

Be careful. When the storm arrives, seek shelter indoors and as far away as possible from electrical lines and conductive metals such as your propane tank. If you’re outdoors when a storm hits, keep away from locations beneath trees, poles, or other tall and conductive objects or buildings. Keep a listen for instructions from local authorities on whether or not to evacuate.

After a storm

Inspect your property. If it is safe, go outside and look carefully for trees or large limbs that may have fallen. Keep an eye out for downed power lines that might harm your propane tank or put you and your family in danger.

Inspect propane appliances. Check for any damage, leaks, or other concerns. Avoid utilizing candles while inspecting your propane equipment since they might set off the gas if a leak has occurred.

Contact us if there’s a problem. Contact Rinker Oil and Propane immediately if you have any concerns about your propane tank, gas line, or propane appliances. Our experienced service technicians will carefully inspect and test everything to make sure all components are working safely. If you smell gas, follow propane safety best practices. Put out any sources of ignition like candles or cigarettes and get everyone, including pets, out of the house right away. Don’t use light switches or phones as you are leaving, as they can create a spark that could ignite the leaking gas.

Become a Rinker Oil and Propane customer for safe and dependable propane delivery and service!

Energy Saving Tips While on Vacation

Take a break from high energy bills!

vacation checklist new yorkIf you’re taking a summer vacation this year, join the crowd.

According to Forbes, six out of 10 Americans are planning to travel at least once this summer, in spite of inflation and gas prices.

We’ve put together five ways to save money on your energy costs so you can worry less and enjoy the trip more.

Send your A/C on vacation

During the summer, cooling accounts for around half of your home’s energy costs. Turning on your air conditioner to 85°F while away for more than a day will help you save money! Also, turn your smart or programmed thermostat back to your usual temperature several hours before you return home, so it will be cool when you walk in. Closing curtains and blinds can help keep your home from getting too hot and forcing your air conditioning to turn on more frequently. This also prevents people from peeking into your home when you’re not there.

Unplug the energy vampires

What are energy vampires, and what can you do about them? Computers, TVs, media players, ovens, gaming systems, coffeemakers, toasters, multicookers, blenders, electric toothbrushes, and phone chargers, are examples of energy vampires. They get this name because they’re always sucking up energy, even when they’re not used. Unplug or power off as many as you can before you leave. It’s also a good idea to keep the habit of unplugging these vampires when not in use once you get home to keep on cutting your energy costs!

Give your water heater a break

Most modern water heaters include a vacation setting. This lowers the temperature on the thermostat so that the water heater doesn’t operate as often while you are away but is able to quickly heat up when you reset it after your return.

If your water heater doesn’t have a vacation setting, set it to low. Heating water makes up roughly 20% of your home’s energy costs.

You can keep your water heating costs down even when you get back home by setting your water heater to 120˚F rather than the manufacturer’s setting of 140˚. Your water will still be hot, but you can save up to 10% on your water heating energy expenses. The lower temperature reduces the risk of scalding as well, which kids and the elderly are especially vulnerable to.

Let Rinker Oil and Propane know

If you use Rinker Oil and Propane’s Automatic Delivery service for your propane delivery, we ask that you please inform us when you’ll be away from home for more than a few days. That is because your usage history is a factor when we’re scheduling your propane delivery. Notifying us you’ll be away may keep us from making an unneeded propane delivery.

Put your smartphone to work

The days and hours before you go on vacation may be hectic, with packing, getting the pets to the pet sitter, and more.

All of these activities may cause you to forget if you completed important things like our suggestions for cutting your energy use and costs. The tips below will help you have peace of mind about your energy savings as well as the safety and security of your home.

Before you go on vacation, make a checklist on the phone of these energy-saving tasks. Check them off as you complete them, so you don’t forget.

Go all around the home with your smartphone just before you depart. Take pictures of all the rooms with the lights out, appliances unplugged or shut off, your range and oven turned off, the water turned off to your washer, the water heater set to vacation or low, the thermostat programmed to your vacation settings, doors locked, windows closed and locked, and curtains and blinds closed. If you’re concerned about whether you left a light or appliance on while traveling, check the photographs from your phone for assurance.

Become a Rinker Oil and Propane customer and get the most dependable fuel delivery and equipment service in Southwestern New York and Northern Pennsylvania!

Propane vs. Electricity: Which Is Better?

Discover all the advantages propane has over electricity!

propane appliances There has been a significant effort to convert households to electricity as the primary energy source on the mistaken assumption that it is the best way to combat climate change.

However, when you examine more closely, you’ll see that propane is the energy source that will help us achieve a zero-carbon future in a variety of ways.

Propane is cleaner and greener

Some people believe that electricity is “cleaner” than propane. However, this isn’t the case. About half of all electricity generated in the United States comes from coal-fired power stations that increase greenhouse gases and cause acid rain. Propane, on the other hand, is so clean burning it produces close to zero greenhouse gas emissions!
 
Electricity is inefficiently transmitted. When electricity travels from a power plant through wires to your home, it encounters resistance, which results in a great deal of energy being lost. To create a unit of electricity in your house, it takes three units of source energy. To give us power, therefore, more coal must be burned, resulting in more carbon and CO₂.

Because propane is right there at your home, there is virtually no loss of energy from the tank to your appliances. 

Propane offers more efficiency and comfort

Propane is a better choice than electricity for many appliances because it offers superior energy efficiency, allowing you to lower your environmental impact even more. Propane water heaters heat more water faster than their electric counterparts and do it with about 30% less cost. Propane clothes dryers get your laundry dry about 25% faster than comparable electric dryers.
  
When it comes to dependability, electricity does not compare to propane. You have no heat if your home is heated by electricity and the power goes out. Propane, on the other hand, allows you to use your propane heater, water heater, kitchen range, or other appliances without depending on a utility grid for heating because your propane supply is right outside in the propane tank. A propane whole-house standby generator can keep your home safe and comfortable during power outages.

Renewable propane: Leading us towards a zero-carbon future

Renewable propane is a revolutionary new development in creating more environmentally friendly energy sources.

Molecularly, renewable propane is identical to conventional propane. It’s made from non-fossil fuels like animal fats, plant oils, biomass, and other triglycerides, which are sustainable and renewable resources.

We’ll be able to use homegrown renewable propane in the near future to reduce our environmental effect even more while still enjoying efficiency and comfort at home.

Become a Rinker Oil and Propane customer to get the most dependable propane delivery and service!

A New Look and User-Friendly Interface — Plus Lots of Useful HVAC Tips!

welcomeSince 1936, Rinker Oil and Propane has provided reliable fuel delivery and equipment services to Southwestern New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. Now, we’re thrilled to present our new website and blog!

The new and improved Rinker website was designed to meet our customers’ needs. Whether you are a homeowner in need of heating oil, propane delivery, kerosene or equipment services or a business or farm looking for a on-road diesel or gasoline supplier, the information you need is right here!

A few ways we’ve improved the user experience

Check back to the Rinker Oil and Propane Blog!

Be sure to bookmark our blog and check back regularly. We’ll be posting multiple times per month on topics that are important to our clients, including helpful tips to save energy, troubleshoot your equipment and get the best efficiency out of your home or business’s HVAC systems.

What do you think of Rinker’s new website? Do you have any questions or suggestions for us? Drop us a line and let us know!