Four Questions to Ask a New Heating Oil Supplier
Posted: October 14, 2019
Selecting a new heating oil supplier isn’t easy – and because it isn’t, many people simplify the process by choosing the supplier with the cheapest heating oil.
It’s an understandable choice, but generally not a good one.
Rather than simply choosing the supplier that will sell you cheap oil, we suggest you choose a supplier that will offer you the best value for your heating dollar.
To make that distinction, you’ll need to know the right questions to ask your heating oil supplier candidates – that is, the questions that will help you separate the quality choices from the also-rans.
Here are four questions you should ask when shopping for a new heating oil supplier:
- What is their reputation? When choosing a fuel provider, do your homework. Ask around – your personal network of friends and colleagues are a good place to start. Online reviews are great, too.
- Do they offer flexible payment options? Heating bills can pile on quickly during a PA cold snap, and the result can be an unwelcomed surprise in your mailbox. Look for suppliers who offer a monthly budget plan so you can spread out your fuel payments (with no financing fees) over the course of a year.
- What complementary services do they offer? Reliable heating oil deliveries are great, but what happens if your heating equipment quits on you? Look for suppliers that offer expert heating equipment maintenance and emergency heating repairs by licensed, bonded technicians to complement their heating oil deliveries. Also, look for companies that offer services that make life during heating season easier, such as automatic delivery, online bill paying, and other convenient services.
- How do they ensure reliable fuel delivery? Most fuel companies guarantee heating oil deliveries, but how do they back it up? Top heating oil suppliers will have an extensive stock of heating oil on-hand to get their customers through periods of high demand, plus strong relationships with wholesalers to bridge any supply gaps along the way. They’ll also have a well-maintained fleet that can stay on the road in any weather, driven by trained experts who can deliver fuel safely in challenging conditions.
Looking for a quality heating oil supplier in Berks County or Montgomery County, PA? Look no further than Oehlert Bros. Contact us today to learn more, or to become a Oehlert heating oil customer!