Now that we’re finally seeing a steady stretch of warm weather, the last thing you probably have on your mind is your oil tank. However, it’s important to prepare your heating oil tank for the summer months – and the best way to do this is to make sure you go into summer with a full tank of heating oil.
It’s important to check your oil tank regularly and carry out any necessary maintenance to ensure that your tank stays in top condition. It’s important to keep an eye on your oil tank over the summer, though of course it’s during the winter that the heating season is at its peak. So what can you do to keep your oil storage tank safe through the summer? Professional HVAC service provider, Fred F. Collis & Sons, shares some key steps you should take to maintain your oil tank over the summer in this post.
Keep the tank up-to-date.
The first step towards keeping your oil tank in excellent condition this summer is to make sure all the general regulations around oil tanks are maintained. This includes tank registration, testing of underground tanks, reports of leaks or spills and tank removal.
Prevent sludge buildup in the tank.
Moisture can cause condensation inside your oil tank, leading to sludge buildup that can corrode the structure of your oil tank. While condensation can’t be eliminated, it can be reduced by making sure that your oil storage tank is filled before it’s too late. This way you can avoid unexpected repairs or the need for a complete replacement of the tank or one of its expensive components.
Schedule 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. Annual maintenance will allow you to sleep in peace for the rest of the summer knowing that your oil tank is in excellent condition.
Check for cracks and other damages.
A basic yet effective way to make sure that your tank is in good condition is to inspect it for cracks, splits and other damage. Make a thorough inspection of the whole tank, but pay close attention to the lower part of it. Any leaks that begin there need to be addressed very quickly, as they can cause serious damage to the tank, which will affect hot water. Inspecting your tank regularly is an easy way to save money in the long run.
Check the pipe fittings.
Make sure that your fittings are secure and in good condition. If they’re not, consider replacing the fittings. It’s vital to inspect your heating oil tank both internally and externally. Sludge buildup due 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 expense of increased 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.
When you need air conditioning maintenance, trust Fred F. Collis & Sons to meet all your needs. We provide services from heating, cooling, insulation and air sealing to water heater repairs.