Oil tank replacement is a crucial investment as a faulty oil tank can be potentially dangerous and can also have an impact on the environment if your oil starts to leak. The failure of your tank is typically the indicator that your tank needs replacing. But how do you know when it’s time to replace your home heating oil tank?

We often find that people only discover they need a new tank after they’ve been refused delivery of heating oil. This can be less than ideal as it can leave you without heating and hot water whilst you organise the replacement. So here we discuss with you some of the signs you should regularly check your oil tank for, as then you may be able to spot the signs of when it needs replacing before it comes at an irrelevant time.

How long should an oil tank last?

In most cases, an oil tank will last between 15 and 20 years. If your tank is older than 15 years, it may be at risk for a potential leak that could cause environmental harm, among other problems. An oil tank could last considerably longer than the 15 year average with periodic maintenance. Regardless of how a tank behaves, you should have a professional inspect the tank by its 15th year for signs of wear and possible issues down the line.

Signs an oil tank needs to be repaired or replaced

While an OFTEC professional should provide the ultimate prognosis, there are signs you could look for as a homeowner to get a sense of whether your oil tank is either failing or due for repairs. Some of the most tell-tale signs of trouble include:

  • Corrosion and dent marks indicate something is wrong with how the oil tank operates
  • Wet spots on the tank
  • Exposure to frosty elements – If the tank is outside your house, like snow and ice could make their way into the tank, therefore you should have the tank inspected for possible signs of damage
  • Frozen/broken fuel gauge – If the fuel gauge is stuck or broken, you should have it fixed immediately
  • Oil runs – If oil is present anywhere near the tank you probably have a leak so should get this looked at immediately
  • Pipe clogs – If the vent pipes are clogged, get them cleaned as soon as possible.
  • Oil inefficiency – If you’re using oil faster than necessary, have the tank inspected for leaks or other issues

If any of these issues arise with your tank, have the unit inspected by a licensed technician, who will diagnose the problem and let you know the options, be it repair work or a replacement of the oil tank.

How to protect your tank in the colder months

During the colder months of the year, an oil tank is at its most vulnerable to wear and tear.

The biggest danger to an oil tank is snowfall, especially when snow makes its way inside the unit. If the tank is directly exposed to snow the effects could seriously damage a tank to the point where it would need to be replaced, even if it was only recently installed.

If your oil tank is located outside your house, perform the following safety precautions when snowstorms hit your area:

  • Remove snow
  • Remove overhanging icicles
  • Clear a maintenance pathway
  • Inspect for damage

In the event you do need tank repairs, don’t attempt to fix anything yourself, as this could likely cause further damage. If you do have reason to believe your oil heat tank is broken in any way, contact a licensed professional to inspect and service the unit.

What are the benefits of a new oil tank?

When you buy a new oil tank for your house, you’ll have more peace of mind that your heating oil is stored correctly and will service your home for years to come.

We offer a number of affordable options for home heating oil tank replacement. Visit our oil tank replacement page. Whether it’s a replacement oil tank or servicing, we can help keep your family comfortable all year round.