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When Is the Best Time to Replace an Oil Tank?

Upgrades Are Always Best in the Off-Season

heating oil tank new jersey While heating oil tanks can be replaced any time of year when necessary, the warm weather months are the ideal time to upgrade since it will cause minimal disruption to your household. And since spring and summer are the off-season for heating issues, it will be much easier to get a convenient appointment from your New Jersey heating oil service company.

Should you be worried about your tank? Well, heating oil tanks can last for decades, but like anything else, they eventually need to be replaced. Life spans vary depending on the humidity in the environment, the thickness of the tank’s wall and other factors. When tanks do fail, it’s often hard to see trouble coming at an early stage because they generally erode from the inside out.

That’s why it’s a good idea to have your tank inspected periodically. This inspection is particularly important once your oil tank is five or more years old. Although heating oil tanks are strong and well-made, they are still prone to the elements if they are in an exposed location.

It’s always best to be proactive rather than reactive. Cleaning up a tank leak can be incredibly expensive. If your heating oil tank is more than 30 years old, it’s a good idea to research your replacement options and then take action during the warm weather before you need to start using your heat again.

Warning Signs for Your Heating Oil Tank

Besides getting periodic professional tank inspections, you should also do your own visual inspections because some trouble signs can be seen, including:

Besides just wearing out due to age, a heating oil tank can fail because of condensation on the inside.

Condensation Can Lead to Tank Damage

Condensation can be a common problem for heating oil tanks during the summer. Hot, humid days and cooler nights create the perfect atmosphere for condensation buildup to form inside your tank. And if your storage tank is aboveground, outdoors and in an unshaded area, it’s especially vulnerable to condensation.

To avoid condensation build-up inside your storage tank, it’s best to keep your tank full during the warm months. Don’t worry, your heating oil won’t spoil or go bad if it sits in your tank unused for a couple of months.

What Condensation Does to Your Tank

After water forms on the bare walls on the empty area of the tank, it drips down and sinks to the bottom of the tank because water is denser than heating oil. There, it becomes an ideal environment for bacteria and other microorganisms.

Over time, these organisms turn into sediment. One problem is that sediment, also known as sludge, can get into your fuel lines and clog them. This will cause your heating system to shut down.

Options in New Aboveground Oil Tanks

Today’s heating oil storage tanks are light-years ahead of old models because they are virtually leakproof and have features that include:

Bottom line: today’s aboveground oil storage tanks provide peace of mind and convenience—in addition to all the other benefits of heating your home with oil!

If you’re worried about your heating oil tank, reach out to your New Jersey heating oil company and they will be happy to discuss your upgrade options in detail.