4 Signs Your Oil Tank May Be Running Low

Heating November 24th, 2020
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If your oil tank runs too low, you can lose hot water and heat. Losing your heat supply could be a major inconvenience as you wait for an oil refill. Additionally, a low oil tank can damage the system or cause it to fail completely, leading to major repairs or replacement costs. Get ahead of the problem and use our oil tank checklist and safety check to determine if your oil tank is running low or experiencing other problems.

Here are four signs your oil tank may be running low:

1. Rust and Wet Spots

If your oil tank is running low, condensation can form in the tank, leading to rust or corrosion. Rust particles can sit at the bottom of the tank and get pulled into the fuel line. When this happens, the unit will not burn effectively and can cause the system to fail.

2. Clogged Filters

As oil runs lows, sediments may flow through the system and clog the filters. If sediments or impurities get sucked into the fuel line, it could cause significant damage or lead to system failure.

3. Cracked, Stuck, or Frozen Gauge

The best way to avoid running low on oil is to monitor the level in your tank regularly. However, oil gauges can malfunction. If the oil is leaking, the buildup may cause the gauge to stop reading. And if the gauge is cracked, stuck, or frozen, it might not give an accurate depiction of how much oil you have in your tank.

4. Leaks

A leak in an outdoor fuel tank can be hard to detect. In fact, an outdoor fuel tank leak can go undetected for years without anyone realizing it. Even rising fuel bills can be attributed to price increases and not a leak. Usually, homeowners notice something is amiss when the fuel doesn’t last as long as it used to, but you should pay attention to your gas bill too.

Get Your Oil Tank Inspected

As the weather gets colder, it’s essential to have plenty of heating oil in the tank. The best way to avoid running low is to monitor your levels. Leaks, rust, clogged filters, or gauges can all point to signs that your oil may be running low.

If you think your oil tank is low or would like a professional oil tank inspection, we suggest you give us a call. We’ll set up a FREE in-home assessment and evaluate your risk factors. Call June Baker at 215-799-2019 ext.3102 to schedule your appointment.