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Written on: February 26, 2024

Heating Oil Tanks 101

When Is the Best Time to Replace an Oil Tank?

heating oil tank New Britain, PA While heating oil tanks can be replaced any time of year, the spring and summer seasons are the ideal time to upgrade since it will cause minimal disruption. You’re also more likely to get an appointment that is most convenient for you.

How Long Does a Heating Oil Tank Last?

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 hard to see it coming, because they generally erode from the inside out.
That’s why it’s a good idea to have them inspected periodically. 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 now.

Trouble 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.

Options in New Aboveground Oil Tanks

Today’s fuel storage tanks are light-years ahead of old models, because they are virtually leakproof and have a range of modern features.

We usually recommend the Granby aboveground oil tank. These modern tanks are virtually leakproof, with double-wall construction and leak-detection features. They also come with a 30-year warranty and special financing is available for 12 months.

In the end, we will help you make your choice based on your fuel usage volume, the installation location terrain and any municipal or commercial regulations in your area.

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!

Heating Oil Tank Installation in PA

The experienced and skilled team of heating oil professionals at Walton’s will work with you from the beginning to ensure that you have the right size heating oil tank for your comfort needs, your heating system, and the size of your home.

Once your tank is selected, our expert installation team will adhere to all industry regulations, guidelines, and codes to handle a proper heating oil tank installation that’s safe and efficient.

Please reach out to Walton’s to request a heating oil tank inspection or no-obligation estimate on a new heating oil tank system for your Bucks County or Montgomery County, PA home.

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