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Storage Tanks

Understand your options in heating oil storage tanks

Heating oil storage tanks can last for decades. But they don’t last forever. Most experts agree that if your heating oil tank is more than 30 years old, it’s time to consider replacing it. Why wait for trouble?

Features of new heating oil storage tanks

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. This keeps the chance of a costly leak to a minimum. Other innovations include leak detection systems, long-term warranties and sleek designs that allow the tank to fit in smaller spaces.

In short, today’s tanks provide peace of mind and convenience—in addition to all the other benefits of heating your home with oil!

Importance of storage tank inspections

Much like a water heater, it’s usually hard to see when a heating oil tank is failing.

That’s why it’s a good idea to get regular, professional tank inspections done on your oil tank. You also should do your own visual inspections periodically because some trouble signs can become visible, including:

  • blistering, which are dime-sized blisters in the paint commonly found on the tank’s underside (feel the underside to find them)
  • pinhole leaks caused by rusting from corrosion inside the tank
  • condensation on the outside of the tank, long after a heating oil delivery

Other warning signs that your tank may need to be replaced include evidence of corrosion, sagging tank legs, clogs or restrictions in the fill cap or the vent cap and, of course, signs of spills.

If you notice any of these signs, you should reach out to your Hudson Valley heating oil dealer.

Another reason for tank failure is condensation. When there is a lot of empty space in an oil tank during the spring and summer, condensation can form along the inside walls of the tank. This turns into sediment later and, if ignored, can result in corrosion. TIP: To avoid condensation from forming, you should keep your oil tank full during the warm weather months.

Contact your local heating oil company to explore your options in new fuel storage tanks and get details about getting a rebate for an oil tank upgrade.