Is it time for a heating oil or propane tank upgrade?
Heating oil and propane tanks are made to last nowadays, but they don’t last forever. If your tank is on the older side or showing signs of wear and tear, it may be time to think about replacing it – especially as spring approaches and demand for heating equipment is lower. Read on to learn more about what to look for when evaluating the health of your heating oil or propane tank.
Signs your tank has seen better days
Do you know what signs are red flags for a propane or heating oil tank? If you notice any of the following characteristics, it’s a good idea to touch base with your favorite energy experts at Rose Oil to find out what your options are for repairing or upgrading your tank. Be sure to report any signs of:
Rust or corrosion: These are signs that the integrity of your tank may have been compromised, allowing water or the elements to make their way into your tank and hastening its demise.
Leaks or pooling oil: Just like you don’t want anything getting into your fuel tank, you also don’t want your fuel escaping through a crack or small hole.
Odd smells: As part of our commitment to propane safety, we want you to know how to protect yourself and the people around you if you smell gas in your home, business, RV, fleet vehicle or area near gas equipment. Review our directions for what needs to be done immediately when you small gas. Heating oil or kerosene shouldn’t typically have an odor either – although there is sometimes a faint smell at the beginning of the season when your heater is warming up.
Buildup, sediment, or condensation: Just because you don’t see a crack or point of entry or exit that doesn’t belong on your tank, doesn’t mean one isn’t present. Unfortunately, these gaps and openings can be practically microscopic, but there are telltale signs to look for. If dirt or debris are entering your tank, you may find sediment or sludge at the bottom of your oil tank. Likewise, condensation collecting on your tank means that excess air could be building up inside the tank.
Inefficiency: One of the most common signs you may see if your tank isn’t passing muster anymore is a lack of energy efficiency. If you’re needing more energy to produce the required amount of heat for your warmth or appliances, you’ll want to look into why you’re no longer getting the usual bang for your buck.
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