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Post-Winter Oil Tank Maintenance

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Next month sees the end of winter and the welcome arrival of spring/summer. Now’s the time that people will generally forget all about their heating oil tank until autumn starts creeping in. Here are a few things to keep in mind this spring:

Consider the possibility of a spring refill

1) Beat the rush which is normal during the start of the winter season.

2) Be assured of speedy delivery. It is advisable to refill your oil tank at the end of heating season. While it might seem a bit premature, there are several benefits.

3) You will be ready to face the first cold winter evening just in case your electric blanket doesn’t work.

4) Filling your fuel tank is the best way to prevent damage during the summer.

5) It reduces the risk of leaks and property damage. A corroding oil tank can cause a leak, which can lead to significant damage and is also a potential safety hazard. Cleaning up a leak can be quite an expensive affair.

6) You can save money with off-season fuel prices. It is a known fact that oil prices tend to be the lowest during spring and summer. Heating oil is a lot cheaper during the warmer months. By ordering oil in advance, you can spend less to fill up your tank.

Schedule an annual maintenance

The most important part of oil tank care during the off season is annual maintenance. Take time this summer, to schedule a maintenance check or sign up for an annual maintenance plan. An annual maintenance will let you sleep in peace for the rest of the summer knowing that your oil tank is in excellent condition.

A yearly visit from your local technician will:

  1. Reduce your energy bills
  2. Extend the lifespan of your tank and tank equipment
  3. Improve indoor air quality
  4. Maintain warranty coverage

Check for cracks and other damages

One of the very basic yet effective ways to make sure that your tank is in good condition is to inspect it for cracks, splits and any other damage. Do a thorough inspection of the whole tank but pay close attention to the lower part of the tank. Any leaks that begin there need to be addressed very quickly it can cause serious damage to the tank. Inspecting your tank regularly is an easy way of saving money in the long run.

Check the pipe fittings Make sure that your fittings are secure and in good condition. If not, consider replacing the fittings. It’s vital to inspect your heating oil tank both internally and externally. Sludge build up owing to oil being stored for extended periods can lead to blockages in the pipes and boiler.

Get a heating system maintenance plan Avoid the additional cost of maintenance and oil tank replacement by signing up for a heating system maintenance plan. Most heating system maintenance plans include routine check-ups that prevent unforeseen breakdowns and improve heating system efficiency. This will extend the lifespan of your heating system which in turn will keep your oil tank safe.

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