Heating oil tanks last for many years. But they don’t last forever. The general consensus is that if your heating oil tank is more than 30 years old, it’s time to consider replacing it.
It’s best to replace your heating oil tank before it fails and brings headaches.
Often, it can be hard to see when a heating oil tank is failing because they usually corrode from the inside out—much like a water heater.
One of the biggest culprits is condensation. When there’s a lot of empty space in an oil tank, condensation can form. Water, which is denser than heating oil, drips down from the walls and sinks to the bottom of the tank. That’s where it then gets busy creating a home for bacteria and other microorganisms that eventually become sediment—and eventually, corrosion. This, of course, will then result in tank failure.
That’s why it’s a good idea to regularly inspect your oil tank, as signs of trouble sometimes become visible. Here are some things you can check yourself.
If you notice any of these signs, contact your Michigan home heating oil provider.
There have been some big improvements in heating oil tanks over the years. One of the most important is double-wall construction with an outside layer of corrosion-proof galvanized steel. Other innovations include leak detection systems, long-term warranties and sleek designs that allow the tank to fit in smaller spaces.
Spring is a great time to replace your home heating oil tank. Your Michigan oilheat service company is less busy with emergency oil deliveries and repairs, and you’ll likely be able to get your replacement scheduled quicker.