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This morning, our heating oil tank was completely empty. We can usually go 2-3 months on 100 gallons of heating oil, but we ran out much sooner than usual. The temperature on the thermostat went down to 57 degrees as of 1pm today. I left work early, called to schedule an oil delivery but they couldn't make it till Tuesday. I stopped at a gas station and purchased 5 gallons of heating oil. Took the oil home, poured it into the tank, then went through a short process to release air from the tank. During this process, oil sprayed out onto the floor. I cleaned it up as best I could, then hit the reset button to fire up the heater.
From the very beginning, there was a strong oil smell in the entire house. Not so much in the basement where the oil tank and furnace are located. I thought it would go away if I opened windows and left for a few hours, but it did not and when the heat comes on, it keeps the smell going. Overall, after running out of oil, the furnace must have been off for several hours. Can someone please tell me if this smell could be caused by a problem with the furnace or simply from the spilled oil? I was just told to put some baby powder on the oil stains and any remnants of the oil spill, so I did that just a few minutes ago. Please someone help!