According to Enviroharvest Inc., home heating oil and standard diesel fuel are essentially identical, so diesel fuel runs in standard oil furnaces. However, diesel fuel purchased at gas stations may have additives that can impact performance.
Diesel fuel sold for vehicles is taxed in the United States to support road construction and maintenance, so it is generally more expensive than heating oil. Heating oil is often dyed to prevent truck drivers from taking advantage of its lower cost and skirting laws. However, those who depend on oil delivery who run out of fuel oil may prefer to spend a bit more for diesel fuel instead of suffering through a cold night.Learn More
At Heating and Cooling Warehouse, oil furnace fuel pump prices range from $74.99 to $119.43, as of February 2015. The cost depends greatly on the make and model being purchased.Full Answer >
It is safe to burn diesel fuel in an oil furnace. Oil fuel is very similar to diesel fuel and the biggest difference is the color of the fuel. Diesel fuel also comes in more grades than oil fuel.Full Answer >
In-home oil tanks built after the mid-1980s typically use material designed to last for up to 30 years, providing better longevity and safety than older tanks. However, damaged tanks can still leak.Full Answer >
Oil furnaces burn heating oil, which is similar to diesel, while gas furnaces use natural gas. Heating oil is delivered by truck to each customer and stored in an aboveground storage tank. Natural gas customers are hooked up to the local gas company lines.Full Answer >