Warning Signs from your oil tank that it needs an upgrade
Heating oil tanks are typically made to last, but they still can’t last forever – especially if your tank is on the older side. If you’ve had your oil tank for a decade or more, or it is showing signs of wear and tear, it may be time to consider upgrading it. Read on to learn more about what to look for when assessing the health of your heating oil tank, and when the best time of year to upgrade your equipment is.
What season is ideal for heating oil tank replacement?
Heating oil tanks can be replaced any time of year, and frequently need upgrades in the coldest months. That’s because when something goes wrong with a fuel tank, homeowners feel the impact right away if it means they can’t heat their home.
On the other hand, when spring is in full swing and summer is approaching, demand for heating equipment is lower. This means you’re most likely to get the best prices on upgrading your tank during spring and summer. It’s also easier to get on the schedule of your favorite energy professional!
Top hints that your oil tank has seen better days
Are you aware of the red flags to look for in your heating oil tank? If you notice any of the following signs, be sure to reach out to the energy experts at Swezey to learn about your options for repairing or upgrading your tank. Be sure to note any signs of:
Rust or corrosion: These are signs that water or the elements may have made their way into your tank, spelling potential disaster. The good news is that Swezey offers tanks that are made with corrosion-resistant blow-molded, high-density polyethylene. These modern tanks are incredibly durable and keep the heating oil they’re built to hold fully contained. The outer tank is lead-proof and offers maximum protection to the surrounding environment.
Leaking oil: This is never a good sign. Much like you don’t want anything entering your fuel tank, you also don’t want your heating oil out of the tank. What happens if your oil tank springs a leak? It will have to be replaced as an emergency install, at an inconvenient time. Most tanks leak when they are full of oil. With an affordable oil tank protection plan from Swezey, like ProGuard, both your tank and your wallet will be protected if the worst happens to your aboveground or underground oil-storage tank. Think of it as oil-tank insurance for your home and property.
Odd smells: Heating oil shouldn’t typically have an odor, other than a faint smell at the beginning of the season when the heater is warming up.
Buildup, sediment, or condensation: Unfortunately, these gaps and openings can be practically microscopic, but there are telltale signs to look for. If dirt or debris are entering your tank, you may find sediment or sludge inside. Likewise, condensation collecting on your tank means that excess air could be building up inside the tank.
Reduced energy efficiency: One of the most common signs you may see if your tank is past its prime is a lack of energy efficiency, meaning you’re no longer getting the same bang for your buck.
For the best oil-tank service in Suffolk County, contact Swezey!
No matter what time of year, if you think you might be due for a heating-oil-tank upgrade, contact us today to request an estimate. Our reliable team of trained professionals will help guide you through the process and make sure you understand your options. We look forward to helping you!