Heating oil tanks are a critically important part of your home’s heating system. They supply the fuel that your heater needs to function. They also ensure that your heater has a reliable and efficient fuel delivery process to continually heat your home and keep it at a comfortable temperature. Homeowners should know these important things about heating oil tanks:

There Are Different Types of Heating Oil Tanks

Not all heating oil tanks are the same. There are several types of heating oil tanks, including underground or above-ground tanks. Many older homes have underground tanks, which were the preferred tanks in the past. These days, above-ground tanks are preferred because they make inspections and maintenance easier. A professional can help you determine which type of heating oil tank is the best for your home. 

Choosing the Right Tank Size Is Critical

Homeowners need to choose the right size tank for the square footage of the home. If your heating oil tank is too small, your heater won’t be able to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. You will run out of heating oil sooner, and the extra wear and tear of running all the time can make your heater need repairs sooner. 

There are other factors to consider when choosing the right tank size. The climate where you live, how cold the winter is predicted to be, and the efficiency of your heater can all factor into what size heating oil tank you need. The professionals at X can help you decide what size heating oil tank you need for your home. 

Installation and Placement Need To Be Carefully Considered

The placement and installation of your heating oil tank are essential. If your heating oil tank isn’t in the best spot or isn’t installed correctly, that can affect the efficiency and safety of your heating system. There are also local and state regulations that must be taken into consideration when deciding on the placement of your heating oil tank. It’s strongly recommended that homeowners have a professional come to inspect their home site and their heating system to determine what the best placement of the heating oil tank is to avoid breaking regulations or having an unsafe placement or installation. 

Tank Maintenance and Inspection Are Necessary For Safety

To make sure that your heating oil tanks are operating efficiently and without safety hazards, you should have a professional perform regular inspections and maintenance of the tanks. Professionals will check for leaks, monitor the fuel levels, and clean filters to make sure that your fuel oil tanks are safe and performing at peak levels. 

Signs of Tank Problems Homeowners Should Watch Out For

Early detection of any problems that arise with a heat oil tank can prevent safety hazards or the need for costly replacement. Some of the signs that homeowners should watch for are:

  • Corrosion on the tank
  • Leaking fuel oil
  • Odors indicating leaks or problems with the tank
  • Cracks
  • Any change in the efficiency of the heating system

If you notice any of these signs, call the professionals at Arlex Oil immediately.

Safety Measures and Regulations

Safety and efficiency are the two things that homeowners need to be concerned about when it comes to heating oil tanks. Contact the pros at Arlex Oil for regular oil tank tune-ups and heating oil delivery services. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form