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Trust Murray-Heutz with expert heating system installation!

hvac installation maine If you are considering replacing your home’s furnace or boiler, you know that you have a lot of factors to take into account when it comes to making your choice. One big factor, especially these days, is cost.

Murray-Heutz is here for you every step of the way! Not only do we do heating installation, but we also offer regular maintenance tune-ups to ensure that your system stays in good condition. Our affordable propane and heating oil service plans include a tune-up as well as coverage of many parts and labor costs for heating repairs.

Boiler & Furnace Costs

The cost of a new furnace or boiler can be worth it. An older furnace or boiler won’t run as efficiently, and so your fuel and energy bills will be higher. An older system will also cost you more in repairs.

When is it time to replace your heating system? If your repair costs will be 50% or more than the cost of an upgrade, it’s better to make the investment in upgrading a high-efficiency heating system.

How much will it cost you to replace your heating system? While there are many variables that will be at play, here are some very general average costs.

The latest data shows that the average cost to replace an oil-fired furnace runs between $2,500 and $6,000, although a high-efficiency unit might increase that cost to closer to $10,000. Boilers are a little more expensive to replace. The cost to replace a boiler system can range from $3,000 to $6,000, but a high-efficiency boiler could be as much as $12,000 to install.

Bear in mind that these numbers are national averages, and costs range from region to region. There are also many other factors that can affect the cost of your heating system upgrade, including the brand you choose, the square footage of the home, the complexity of the installation, labor costs, and the size of the heating system (in BTU power).


Not all boilers and furnaces are created equal. Some cost more than others. However, there’s more to consider than just the brand name. We’re here to help you sort through your options so that you can get the best quality heating system for your needs and budget.


The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted supply chains across industries, and the HVAC industry is no exception. The ongoing effects of the pandemic have resulted in shortages of labor and materials such as copper and aluminum.

Here at Murray-Heutz, we understand how important it is to have a furnace or boiler that runs smoothly and efficiently. If your home’s system is getting on in years, now is the time to start thinking about upgrading to a new one. We only work with top quality suppliers so you can be assured of finding the perfect heating solution for your needs. We’ll visit your home, check out your furnace or boiler, and give you a FREE estimate for a replacement.


The price of your new heating system installation may fluctuate depending on the size and location of your unit. For example, if you have a large home, you will most likely need a bigger unit which will impact both the cost of the product as well as installation. Additionally, where you place your furnace or boiler can contribute to how easy or difficult it is to install; impacting the final cost.

Changing energy source

Although upgrading your current electric furnace to an oil-fired or propane-fired heating system may be more expensive initially, it will pay off in the long run with its efficiency and comfort. You will need to add a heating oil or propane tank to your home as well as oil or gas lines, and you may have to make other adjustments.


If you have expanded the living space in your home since you last replaced your boiler or furnace- such as adding a room, finishing a basement, or attic- we’ll ensure that your new heating system can accommodate that additional need. You will likely need to add ductwork to those spaces as well if it wasn’t originally present when they were unfinished, which will elevate the cost.

In recent years, we have learned how important it is to have clean air in our homes. If you are upgrading your furnace, you may want to add indoor air quality equipment such as an air purifier or a humidifier. This will be an extra cost.

Now is the time to begin planning your furnace or boiler replacement. Contact Murray-Heutz to get a FREE estimate.

Murray-Heutz Offers Diesel Services to a Variety of Businesses!

diesel fueling maine Many businesses in Central Maine rely on diesel for essential work, such as:

Different businesses use diesel fuel in different ways, but they all need one thing: a dependable diesel delivery provider that offers responsive and personal service. For many of those businesses, that company is Murray-Heutz!

We deliver both on-road and off-road diesel in bulk to businesses, municipalities, filling stations, and school districts all around Central Maine. We have a large fleet of delivery vehicles as well as quality fuel and the most competitive diesel pricing in the area!

If you are new to diesel fuels, we have put together some basic information about diesel and how it’s used.

How are diesel fuels made?

Diesel fuel is a type of distillate fuel. In the United States, most diesel fuel is produced from refined crude oil at petroleum refineries and is ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD), which has 15 parts per million (PPM) or less of sulfur.

The U.S. produced 1.63 billion barrels (68.35 billion gallons) of ULSD in 2021.

Diesel is named for Rudolf Diesel, who invented the compression ignition engine in the 19th century. His invention was revolutionary for its superior thermal efficiency.

What is the difference between on-road diesel and off-road diesel?

The only difference between the two types of diesel fuels is their application; there are no chemical dissimilarities.

On-road diesel is used for vehicles that are driven on public roadways, such as trucks, buses, and shuttles. This classification makes the on-road diesel subject to the federal excise tax.

Off-road diesel is used in non-transportation equipment, such as backhoes, bulldozers, diesel generators, and agricultural vehicles. Because it is not being used for transportation purposes, there is no excise tax on off-road diesel.

While on-road diesel is not dyed, off-road diesel is infused with a red dye to prevent it from being used for on-road vehicles. By doing this, it prevents drivers from trying to avoid the excise tax. Penalties for using off-road diesel for on-road use include steep fines for each offense. In Maine, the penalty is a minimum $1,000 per violation.

How is diesel fuel used?

Diesel fuel is not only for big transport trucks but can be used in many ways.

Diesel-powered standby generators provide the emergency backup power needed to keep lights on, HVAC running, and lifesaving medical equipment operational in many area hospitals, health care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other institutions.

Government agencies rely on diesel to power school buses, snowplows, and road maintenance vehicles.

Diesel tractors and other equipment are crucial for our local farms. They use it to help with preparations for planting and harvesting. Logging businesses use diesel trucks to bring timber over rough terrain and highways to plants.

If you are looking for diesel fuel services you can trust for your Central Maine business, get in touch with Murray-Heutz to learn what we can do for you!

Learn more about this versatile, efficient energy source!

propane company maine If you have recently moved into a home that uses propane, congratulations! You will reap a lot of benefits from having propane for home heating, water heating, and more.

With reliable propane delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring from Murray-Heutz, you can enjoy those benefits with ease and comfort.

You may want to learn more about propane. So, we have assembled some important information so you can best use propane in your home.

How is propane made?

Propane’s full name is liquified petroleum gas (LPG). The chemical formula for propane is C₃H₈.

In 1864, English academic and industrial chemist Edmund Ronalds discovered propane while searching for volatile chemicals in light crude oil in Pennsylvania. In 1910, American chemist Walter O. Snelling worked for the US Bureau of Mines in Pittsburgh and made the next significant advance in propane technology. Snelling did extensive research on gasoline evaporation and storage and found that some evaporating gases could be transformed into liquids. Of all the gases, propane was the most readily available. Snelling created a method to bottle liquid gas, which eventually resulted in the establishment of the propane industry. He eventually sold the patent for propane to Frank Philips, founder of Philips Petroleum, for $50,000 three years later. That would be equivalent to about $1.4 million today.

Propane lacks a natural odor, so an artificial odorant is added during production. This additive is typically ethyl mercaptan. The odorant added to propane is designed to make leaks easier to detect. If you smell this rotten egg-like scent in your home, follow propane safety best practices and get everyone out of the house right away.

How can propane be used in my home?

Propane is an efficient and cost-effective energy source that provides many benefits for your Central Maine home. Propane has a very clean burn and high performance that allow you to get more bang for your energy buck. Propane is useful in a variety of propane appliances that improve your home’s comfort in a variety of ways.

Heating. Propane is the best way to keep your home warm and comfortable! Today’s high-efficiency propane furnaces and boilers offer efficiencies as high as 98%, meaning you will be paying as little as possible on your heating costs.

Water heating. Not only can a propane water heater heat more water quicker than an electric one, but it’ll also save you about 30% on your energy bill. If you upgrade to a propane tankless water heater, you could potentially see even bigger savings!

Generators. You can have peace of mind during a power outage with a propane whole-house backup generator. With this system, your lights will stay on, your home security system will remain active, your refrigerator will keep food cold, and you’ll be able to charge electronics and use medical equipment like CPAPs and electric wheelchairs.

Cooking. When you use a propane range to prepare food, you can get the precise, even, and immediate temperature control that professional chefs demand.

Space heating. A propane space heater allows you to use formerly unheated rooms all year. You may sit in the warmth and enjoy the scenery from your sunporch, even during the winter.

Clothes drying. Laundry day is a breeze with propane clothes dryers. Not only do they quickly get your clothes dry, but the moist heat also prevents wear and reduces wrinkles.

Fireplaces. A propane fireplace eliminates the labor and mess of a wood-burning fireplace. Simply push a button to turn on your propane fireplace and unwind!

Outdoor living. Propane transforms your backyard into a luxurious destination. For example, propane pools and spa heaters make your water exponentially warmer and much faster than electric models. In addition, deck and patio heaters as well as outdoor fireplaces and firepits allow you to stay comfortable during chilly evenings outside.

Get the most dependable propane delivery in Central Maine! Become a Murray-Heutz customer today.

Dear customers,

On October 5, OPEC announced it was slashing production by two million barrels a day. Within just three days, our suppliers had increased the cost of heating oil by 70 cents per gallon. That’s right, 70 cents per gallon. Ridiculous!!

This is not just impacting heating oil. Expect natural gas, electricity, and gasoline to move higher too (fortunately, propane has not moved nearly as high this entire year.) Of course, this is not simply about supply and demand. We’ve learned that when prices move this far, this fast, you can always see the fingerprints of Wall Street firms that jump in to take advantage of the momentum to make a quick buck (or should we say millions of bucks.) It frustrates the heck out of us.

Of course, things can turn around just as quickly. We saw prices spike in spring only to drop by over a dollar in summer. We are hoping for the best, but there are just too many variables to know where things will go from here.

A few things to bear in mind:

  1. We hate high prices and volatility just as much as you do. It hurts our customers, hurts our company, and makes planning very difficult.
  2. This year supply issues could become problematic. While we have excellent relationships with our suppliers, it is imperative that you go on (or stay on) automatic delivery. This way, if we go on “allocation” from suppliers, have drivers out sick because of COVID or face severe weather, we can manage capacity better and keep you warm.
  3. Don’t be surprised by big bills. If you’ve already signed up for our Monthly Smart Pay Payment Plan, you made a smart move! If you haven’t, it is not too late. If you’d just like to know how much you used last year, so you can project this year’s bills more accurately, call us. This is going to be painful, but it will be helpful to be able to plan for it.
  4. If you are having trouble keeping up with your payments, it is critical that you call us as soon as you realize there’s an issue. We can work with you, but only if you communicate with us early.

I will try to keep you informed as events unfold. There are many things we can’t control. But we will always prioritize our existing customers over new ones. We will go the extra mile to keep you safe and warm. And we will be there when you need us.

Keeping you in the loop about fuel prices

Posted: May 26, 2022

We know many of you are looking at energy cost increases and wondering when this will end, and we don’t blame you. Our goal is to keep you in the loop as much as possible, even though the situation remains very fluid.

Last week, our suppliers again raised prices by more than 65 cents per gallon over a few days. The reasons are complicated and seem to be affecting heating oil and diesel fuel much more than gasoline.

The driving factor is that heating oil in our area is in short supply now. In fact, if you look at prices on the commodities exchanges, they show heating oil at a dollar less than we can get it! That never happens. It’s called “basis blowout” and reflects a disconnect between the markets and actual supplies.

Good News and Bad News

The good news is that the supply issues are happening because the markets expect heating oil prices to go lower by a fair amount over the next several months. Fuel suppliers are reluctant to purchase fuel now and get stuck with higher-priced product. The bad news is that it is causing prices to be artificially higher now, and no one really knows for sure what will happen with the Ukraine war. By the way, we are seeing the same kind of surges in natural gas and electric costs.

What we are doing about it

We decided to hold off most deliveries except for those customers who seemed to be running low. It didn’t help that we’ve had an unusually cold spring, and people are still using their heat. Beyond that, we want to urge people to get on our budget billing program, which allows us to spread your fuel payments over 11 months. If prices stay high next year, it will be much easier to manage your bills if you don’t have to pay for all of your deliveries in just five months of fall and winter.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our office. We are here for you.

Shocking Spike in Fuel Prices

updated March 11, 2022

Unsurprisingly, we’ve been getting many calls around two connected issues: the surge in fuel prices and supply concerns. People are astounded by how much prices have risen and how fast. So are we. They are also concerned that there will be interruptions in supply that will cause them to run out of fuel. 

The Russian invasion of Ukraine shocked energy markets, sending crude oil to record territory and spiking all energy prices. We’ve had increases from our heating oil suppliers of over $1.25 per gallon in less than a week. Propane prices have been better but still increased over 40 cents per gallon. And the situation remains very fluid.

What’s Coming Next?

We don’t know where things will go from here. One thing we can tell you is that we hate this as much as you do. Some people are under the misconception that when prices rise, we make more money. The opposite is true. People cut back usage. They have trouble paying their bills, and our receivables skyrocket. It is an awful mess for everyone.

One thing you can count on is that we will not let you run out. We have been in business for many years and have very strong relationships with suppliers and financial institutions. We are already getting calls from customers who are with other companies that can’t say the same. These customers are unable to get deliveries for 20 days out. You don’t have to worry about that with us.

If you are having trouble paying your bill, talk to us before it becomes a problem. Many times, we can work out something to give you more time, especially if you’ve been with us a while. We can also set you up on a monthly payment plan.

Nothing will make us happier than when prices start dropping. Until then, trust us to look out for you, and let’s pray for the people of Ukraine.  

Steve Temple
General Manager

Murray-Heutz can help your business prosper with our commercial propane services!

propane delivery for business maine Drive around Central Maine, and you see a diverse array of businesses. What may surprise you is how many of them use propane!

Propane’s versatility, clean burning, and efficiency make it an ideal energy source for many kinds of business. With dependable and expert commercial propane services from Murray-Heutz, these businesses enjoy those benefits while partnering with a local business that understands their needs.

Murray-Heutz provides customized propane services for our commercial customers. We sit down with you to thoroughly discuss how you use propane and how much propane you use and come up with a bulk propane delivery schedule tailored to your business.

Because we are local, you get responsiveness and flexibility that no big national company can match. Are you going to be using more propane for a large project? No problem! We’ll adjust the delivery schedule accordingly.

Here’s how propane is used in Central Maine businesses from Lewiston to Augusta, Winthrop to Waterford.


Forklifts are used on construction sites, in warehouses and distribution centers, and other businesses. Propane forklifts don’t just make working easier, they also help promote worker productivity and create a safer environment. Propane forklifts don’t need hours to recharge like electric forklifts, can be used both indoors and outside, and provide superior power.


Tourism brings in close to $8 billion to the Maine economy and about $1 billion in tax revenue each year. Sixteen million people travel to Maine annually. Tourism supports about 107,000 jobs, 16% of the state’s employment. In fact, Maine had the strongest tourism industry recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in the nation.

Propane is an excellent energy source for hotels, inns, vacation home rentals, restaurants, resorts, event centers, and other hospitality businesses.

Commercial clothes dryers powered by propane are used at hotels, resorts, and golf courses to quickly dry large amounts of linens 25% faster than electric dryers. This, coupled with the fact that propane dryers produce fewer wrinkles, boosts the efficiency of housekeeping staff.

Propane enables restaurant and commercial kitchen chefs to prepare high-quality meals with the precise, immediate temperature control available with propane ranges, broilers, cooktops, and grills. Propane can also power water heaters, warming trays, outdoor heating, and more.


Maine is known for its outstanding agricultural products, especially potatoes, dairy, and blueberries. Farmers all around Maine count on propane in a wide range of ways.

Propane is an efficient way to heat barns, greenhouses, and other outbuildings. It can also provide power for standby generators for homes and outbuildings. Flame weed control with propane is an environmentally friendly alternative to harmful herbicides contaminating the soil and allows you to get back to work in the field almost immediately, something you can’t accomplish with herbicides.


Propane plays a critical role in helping construction projects stay on time during frigid winter weather. Construction businesses use propane to power temporary equipment like heaters and ground-thawers, as well as generators. This allows them to keep working in cold weather and protects materials from the elements.

Commercial generators

Whether it’s a summer tropical storm or a wintertime nor’easter, power outages can wreak havoc on all kinds of businesses. Propane standby generators are used at retail and grocery stores, hospitals, assisted living centers, nursing homes, healthcare facilities, schools, and other enterprises to protect people and property during power outages. A propane standby generator also keeps HVAC systems running to protect essential business technology like servers, computers, and other electronics.

Propane is a more dependable energy source for generators than gasoline because it doesn’t degrade over time. Additionally, businesses and institutions that use propane generators don’t have to rely on natural gas utility or its questionable infrastructure.

If you want the most dependable commercial propane service in Central Maine, contact Murray-Heutz!

Expert maintenance from Murray-Heutz helps keep your furnace going strong!

fall hvac tune up maineAs the fall goes on, our service department’s business increases. That’s why now is the time to contact Murray-Heutz to schedule an annual maintenance tune-up for your home’s furnace.

The sooner you schedule your tune-up, the easier it will be to obtain an appointment at a time that works for you. You won’t have to wait as long, either.

Our competitively priced service plans help to keep your furnace running properly, and an annual maintenance check is included in all of them. They can also help you save money, since many parts and repair expenses are covered!

Benefits of a furnace tune-up

Murray-Heutz’s annual maintenance service ensures that your heating system is in excellent working order, ready to keep you warm through another Maine winter. That, however, is only the start of what a tune-up can do for you!

Reduce your heating costs. If you keep your furnace well-maintained, it will operate at its most efficient level. That means you’ll use less propane or heating oil to heat your home, which could lead to big savings on your heating bill!

Protect your furnace. When well-maintained, furnaces work more efficiently and have fewer breakdowns. This can substantially lengthen the amount of time your furnace lasts.

Keep the warranty valid. By not opting for an annual professional maintenance tune-up for your furnace, you may be voiding your warranty and setting yourself up for costly repairs down the line.

Repair or replace?

As your furnace ages, you may come to a time when you must decide whether to repair it and give it another season or replace it. Our service technicians will give you an honest, transparent assessment.
Repairing may be the best option in many situations. If your furnace is less than seven years old, repairs may be easier. If the damage or diminished efficiency to the furnace isn’t too bad, repairing is usually more cost-effective. If you are planning to move in the next year or two, repairing could be the right choice. Finally, a new heating system just is not in your budget right now.

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

Age and condition. If your furnace is more than ten years old, it could be time to replace it. This may be especially true if the furnace has not had regular professional maintenance.

Repair bills. Over time, your furnace repairs will become more frequent and costly. If your furnace repairs will cost you more than half of what a new one would, it’s generally wiser to just replace the old model. This way, you’ll be more comfortable, save on energy bills in the long run, and increase your home’s resale value.

Efficiency. Furnaces tend to lose efficiency over time, especially if they aren’t maintained. Your furnace’s efficiency may be as low as 60%. A new furnace offers efficiencies as high as 98%, meaning you’ll have lower energy costs for years to come.
Now is the time to contact Murray-Heutz to schedule your furnace’s annual maintenance tune-up!

Never worry about your oil supply with Automatic Delivery!

checking heating oil maineIf you use Will-Call for your heating oil delivery, you need to regularly check how much oil is in your heating oil tank, so you know when to request a delivery.

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 immediately 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?

If you’re out of heating oil, your furnace or boiler will shut down and your house will quickly become cold. The longer it goes on, you’re at risk for your home becoming dangerously cold and frozen pipes.
A heating oil run-out can also harm your heating system. Heating oil sludge might be drawn from the bottom of your heating oil tank, which can clog the oil filter and damage the oil line. On top of the fee for emergency heating oil delivery, you may also need to pay to have the oil line bled and the oil filter replaced.

Automatic Delivery makes having heating oil easy as pie!

At Murray-Heutz, we use the latest technology and a tried-and-true method of calculation to accurately predict when you will need more heating oil. Our computer algorithms use your heating oil usage history, real-time temperatures, and weather patterns to calculate when your tank will be 30% full.
We use that data to schedule your heating oil delivery, so you’ll have a full tank before you run low. You don’t have to do a thing! No more going down to the cellar or outside into the cold and snow to check your tank gauge. No more having to contact us to request a delivery. No more panic when you realize you forgot to check the tank gauge.

We use your past fuel consumption as part of our calculations for Automatic Delivery, so it is important that you let us know of any event which would change how much heating oil you use. Examples of this include:

Become a Murray-Heutz Automatic Delivery customer for hassle-free, worry-free heating oil delivery!

Share the benefits of being a Murray-Heutz customer!

fuel referral maineOur goal every day at Murray-Heutz is to provide the dependable, courteous service that makes for satisfied customers. It is at the heart of our industry-leading guarantees for Service, Quality, and Value. That commitment is why we have been in business for more than 90 years.

We work hard to achieve that goal by giving our customers trustworthy heating oil and propane delivery, wireless propane tank monitoring, heating oil tank protection, equipment services, affordable service plans, and more.

If you are a satisfied Murray-Heutz customer, we would really appreciate it if you could tell others about your satisfaction with Murray-Heutz and refer family and friends to us. We’ll show our appreciation by giving you a reward from our Refer a Friend program!

No internet advertising can ever replace word-of-mouth when it comes to our business, and that’s especially true in today’s digital world. After all, wouldn’t you trust what a friend, neighbor, colleague, or family member has to say more than an ad?

How does Refer a Friend work?

You and your friends are always suggesting things to each other, like good places to eat or a unique store. Maybe you found a concert or play that would be perfect for them. Perhaps you have discovered a new bakery that makes great cupcakes for birthday parties. You also might let them in on a great book you found that would be ideal for their next book club choice.

This kind of sharing is the objective of Refer a Friend. Do you know someone who is searching for heating oil, propane, or equipment services? They may be moving to a new home or are dissatisfied with their current fuel supplier.

Why not let them know how personal, reliable service you receive from Murray-Heutz? It’s not only good for your friend; it’s also beneficial to you!

For each family member or friend you refer who becomes a new Murray-Heutz Automatic Delivery customer, you’ll receive a $50 credit on your Murray-Heutz account.
You can refer as many friends and family members as you want, and we’ll keep rewarding you!

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

Learn more about the heating oil we deliver to your home!

home fuel safety maineHeating oil has long been the fuel of choice here in Central Maine for keeping our homes warm and comfortable. And even with other options, that has remained true.

Why is this the case? For a whole lot of reasons! Home heating oil is less expensive, on average, than other fuels and heats your house quicker than any other energy source. With reliable heating oil delivery from Murray-Heutz, you never have to depend on a utility’s aging infrastructure as you do with natural gas heating.

But there’s an additional factor to consider when you’re thinking about using heating oil: Safety.

Heating oil is one of the safest home heating options. Although “oil” is in its name, it’s not an immediate fire hazard. 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 also examples of safety. To ensure that they are practically leakproof, they’re now made with double-wall steel, as well as plastic and fiberglass. There are built-in alarms that prevent the tank from being overfilled, lowering the risk of spills and leaks. However, there are still things you can do to ensure your oil-fired heating system and heating oil tank operate safely.

Get your heating system tuned up each year

Prevent issues before they start by scheduling regular maintenance tune-ups with the skilled, experienced professionals at Murray-Heutz. Their in-depth inspection will identify any potential problems.

Our affordable service plans include a tune-up as well as discounts on repair services!

Keep an eye on your heating oil tank

Inspect your heating oil tank between deliveries of heating oil. Check the tank for signs of impending failure, such as blisters on the paint, moisture on the outside of the tank that persists even after a heating oil delivery, and pinhole leaks. Get in touch with us if you see any of these to prevent a costly heating oil tank failure.

If you discover any oil on the floor or ground around your tank, contact us right away.

Know and practice carbon monoxide safety

Heating oil is very unlikely to cause a carbon monoxide leak. They can, however, occur. That’s especially possible if your oil-fired heating system is not properly maintained. If your boiler or furnace is emitting black smoke or soot, contact Murray-Heutz right away. 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 Murray-Heutz customer for the most dependable heating oil delivery and service in Central Maine!

Don’t let a runout ruin the cookout!

propane refills maineOne of the best things about summer is all the outdoor grilling and dining we get to do! There are quick weeknight dinners, leisurely weekend dinners, and cookouts with family and friends.

Whether you’re grilling burgers and hot dogs for a crowd, making grilled fish for a low-carb supper, or barbecuing ribs or brisket, propane makes grilling fast and easy without the smoke, wait, and hassle of a charcoal grill!

To make sure you can enjoy your grilling, you need to have enough propane in your propane cylinder. Because if you run out of propane, the cookout is coming to a screeching halt and your only options are to run out and get another cylinder or call for takeout.

There are ways you can check on how much propane is in your tank so you can avoid this. Let’s run through them.

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.

Weigh the tank

Two figures are usually stamped on the handle of a propane grill tank – the water capacity (WC) and Tare Weight (TW). When empty, most grilling tanks weigh about 17 pounds and hold 20 pounds of gas.

To figure out how much propane is left in your tank, simply weigh it on a scale and subtract the TW number. Here’s an example of how that works: If a tank weighing 25 pounds has a TW of 17 pounds, there are about 8 pounds of gas left. That’s a little less than half a tank.

Use an external pressure gauge

There are several options for an external tank gauge to choose from. They’re available online, or at your local home improvement, grill, or hardware stores. Options include:

Attach a grill box

Another option would be to have a grill box attached directly to your existing bulk propane tank. Never have to go to get a refill or exchange and never run out in the middle of cooking dinner. Ask us about installing a grill box to provide continuous fuel to your gas grill.

For the most reliable propane delivery in Central Maine, count on Murray Heutz! Become a customer today.



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Your Go-To Company for Warmth, Safety and Savings

If your car needs a repair, it’s a good feeling knowing “you’ve got a guy” who can be trusted to get the job done right—at a fair price. Many Mainers feel the same way about their home comfort needs. They want to be able to say, “I’ve got a guy” who will: Murray-Heutz does all of that—and much more—for you!