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How To Maintain Your Heating Oil Tank

Is Your Tank Overdue For An Inspection?

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If you use heating oil in your Hudson Valley home, you know just how great of a fuel source it is for keeping your residence warm and comfortable throughout the chilliest of winter seasons.

In fact, heating oil gets your home warm faster than any other fuel source on the market! And with Depew Energy, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing you’ll always get reliable and safe heating oil delivery with competitive, transparent pricing.

And of course, if you’re using heating oil, that means you also have a heating oil tank. Whether inside your home or placed on the exterior, these pieces of equipment are designed and built for durability and can last for decades … but only if you take care of them.

Heating Oil Tank Care 101

The first thing you need to do is routinely inspect it season-to-season, and year-to-year. Here are some signs of trouble:

A professional service technician should also inspect it every few years—especially if you can’t remember the last time someone came out and had a good look at it!

It’s worth the invest as there may be the chance a problem is coming you can’t even see that can lead to potential tank failure: corrosion of your heating oil tank from the inside out.

Corrosion starts with condensation building on the walls of your tank when there’s more air than heating oil. That condensation keeps dripping down into the heating oil, then sinking to the bottom. Once there, it creates an ideal environment for the creation of sediment. That sediment is what causes the corrosion and breakdown of the inner lining of the tank walls.

Not only does condensation lead to corrosion, but the water it sends into your heating oil also helps develop sludge that can clog your heating oil lines and prevent heating oil from getting to your furnace or boiler.

Heating oil tank failure is a messy, costly problem, whether your tank is aboveground, underground, or in your basement. If your heating oil tank is showing the issues listed above, now is the time to start planning to replace it.

Protect Your Heating Oil Tank

The best way to protect your heating oil tank from corrosion is to keep it at least 50% full, especially during the spring and summer when you’re not using it. We recommend that you fill your heating oil tank at the end of every heating season in March and April!

Not only does it help prevent corrosion, but having a full tank also allows you to be ready for the next heating season without worries that you won’t have enough heating oil to get through an early cold snap.

For more than 20 years, Depew Energy has been a reliable source of heating oil delivery and tank services in Newburgh, NY, and the surrounding areas of Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam & Sullivan counties. We understand the needs of our customers in a way that other providers just can’t! Become a customer today and experience the difference.