Oil tanks are built to last, with some lasting as long as 30 years. This kind of longevity is great, but it also means checking the health of your oil tank might not be high on your homeowners’ punch list. Use our oil tank checklist and safety check found on this page to determine if your oil tank is running low or experiencing other problems.
Here are four signs your oil tank may need replacing:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.