The Disadvantages & Pitfalls of COD Fuel Oil Delivery

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If your home relies on fuel oil for winter heating, you have two basic options when it comes to oil delivery: buying oil with cash-on-delivery (COD) service providers, or investing in an automatic full-service plan.

COD companies sell fuel oil as cheaply as possible, which many consumers mistakenly assume means they offer the best value. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. In a race to the bottom, competing COD companies often cut corners that can leave homeowners in the cold—literally.

If you’re weighing your options for fuel oil delivery this winter, consider these disadvantages and pitfalls before deciding on COD.

COD Oil Delivery Doesn’t Include Equipment Maintenance

When you call a COD service, they deliver two things and two things only: oil and a bill. Unfortunately, your home’s heating system needs a little more than just fuel to work properly.

Your furnace and other HVAC systems require regular inspection and tune-ups for optimal efficiency. Professional maintenance services, like those included in many full-service oil delivery contracts, are essential. This is especially true given how dangerous DIY tinkering can be when it comes to furnaces and boilers!

As convenient as it might seem at first glance, COD oil delivery will still leave you shopping for a reliable HVAC service.

COD Oil Delivery Requires Extra Effort

It’s not just maintenance you have to worry about with COD service.

Buying fuel oil on a “pay as you go” basis requires constant monitoring of your oil tank. Letting the oil levels get too low risks damage to the fuel lines and furnace (not to mention running out of heating fuel). This can lead to no small amount of anxiety over the course of a winter.

What’s more, COD services often require the homeowner to be present during delivery, which can involve lots of sitting at home and waiting at inconvenient times.

Compare this to an automatic delivery contract, in which the delivery company keeps track of your usage and delivers oil when you need it, with no effort on your part needed.

COD Oil Prices are Unpredictable

COD oil prices vary day to day based on the market. You don’t need to be an economist to know that oil prices are extremely volatile.

One cold snap could cause your oil usage to surge, leaving you scrambling for funds to purchase a new delivery of oil. Political conflict in a faraway country to lead to a spike in oil prices right when your next delivery is needed. With COD, there aren’t any guarantees.

On the other hand, full-service delivery contracts often include more flexible pricing options that package the cost of oil in a predictable, manageable monthly payment.

Learn More about Full-Service Oil Delivery in Connecticut

If you’re a Connecticut homeowner and you’re interested in choosing a full-service energy provider, get in touch with Arbor Energy in Cheshire.

Arbor Energy is a local, family-owned, full-service heating and cooling company that has been servicing customers in parts of Middlesex, New Haven, and Hartford Counties since 1994. Arbor Energy offers oil delivery and service, propane delivery and service, HVAC services, new equipment installations, and more.

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