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When Should I Replace My Oil Tank?

Written on: July 17, 2023

Johnny Prescott is here to help with your heating oil needs!

oil tank replacement Hopkinton, nh Your heating oil tank is usually tucked somewhere in the cellar or outside where you don’t see or think about it much.

That’s not good, especially if your tank is more than 20 years old. It may be time to replace it, and you need to be sure that you do that before the tank fails and creates a hazardous, costly situation.

If your heating oil tank is showing signs of the problems we get into further detail below, now is an ideal time to contact Johnny Prescott for a heating oil tank replacement.

What makes summer an ideal time to replace your heating oil tank? First of all, demand for equipment service isn’t as high as it is during winter, so you can get your new tank installed quickly and at a time that’s convenient for your schedule.

Second, by doing it in the summer, your new tank will be ready for whenever heating season arrives here in New Hampshire. You won’t need to worry about being without heat.

We handle everything: removing your heating oil tank and installing the new one, and all our work is done to the highest standards for safety.

Today’s heating oil tanks offer several advantages over the old-school tanks. Many are double-walled, with an interior tank made of a seamless, dense, and non-corrosive material like polyethylene, and an exterior tank made of galvanized steel which is resistant to corrosion.

Signs of heating oil tank problems

The most important thing to consider when replacing your heating oil tank is not waiting until the tank fails. If that happens, you’ll not only have the hassle and expense of an emergency replacement, but you could also be facing thousands of dollars in additional costs for cleaning up and remediating damage caused by spilled heating oil.

That’s why it is imperative that you regularly inspect your heating oil tank and contact us immediately if you discover any of these issues.

How to protect your oil tank

There are ways you can take care of your tank beyond inspecting it regularly.

One way to do that is by getting your oil-fired heating system an annual maintenance tune-up. During a tune-up, the skilled Johnny Prescott service technicians can detect and solve any issues related to year heating oil tank such as sludge to prevent future problems.

Keeping your heating oil tank full year-round, especially during spring and summer, also helps protect your heating tank from the damage caused by condensation.

If a heating oil tank is not filled entirely, it can lead to moisture buildup on the interior walls that are not protected. This is more likely to happen in high temperatures and can result in condensation formation.

Condensation inside the heating oil tank can result in water droplets forming on the tank wall due to gravity. Water is denser than heating oil, which makes it settle at the bottom of the tank and creates an ideal setting for sediment to accumulate. This sediment can cause the tank to corrode from the inside and eventually fail.

Sludge can form in your heating oil tank due to condensation, causing blockages in fuel lines, reduced heating efficiency, and in severe instances, complete furnace failure. This can result in high costs for repairs as well as loss of heat.

If you keep your heating oil tank full when winter ends, it can prevent condensation from forming and help extend the life of your tank.

Another advantage is that you can prevent the hassle and expense of requesting an emergency heating oil delivery when cold weather comes back. If there’s an early cold snap, which is frequent in New England, you’ll have enough oil to heat your home without worrying.

Johnny Prescott is your one-stop shop for anything related to heating oil services for your New Hampshire home. Become a customer today!