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Posted: December 11, 2023

How Often Do Heating Oil Tanks Need to be Replaced?

Medway Oil & Propane can handle your oil tank installation.

oil tanks Acton, ma Depending on how long you have lived in your current home, you might have never needed to replace your heating oil tank. These tanks are some of the most durable pieces of equipment in your house, lasting for decades before requiring replacement. But as the old saying goes, nothing lasts forever.
You can count on a well-maintained heating oil tank to last a long time, but when it’s time to replace it, you must be proactive. The experienced heating oil team at Medway Oil & Propane can help.

How long do heating oil tanks last?

Typically, you can plan for your heating oil tank to last 15 to 20 years with proper maintenance. With extremely good care (and good luck), your tank might even last 30 years.

How do you know if your oil tank is failing?

One of the main reasons that a heating oil tank fails is internal corrosion caused by condensation and sediment buildup. Unfortunately, you can’t see corrosion inside your tank with the naked eye. There are some early warning signs that a heating oil tank might fail, including the following:

If you notice any of these warning signs, please get in touch with us immediately. An oil tank failure can lead to an oil spill. These can be extremely expensive to clean up and require extensive remediation.

How can you slow corrosion in your heating oil tank?

The single best way to slow down internal corrosion — and maximize your oil tank’s lifespan — is to keep it filled. This is especially true during the warmer months. If you let your heating oil tank sit mostly empty, condensation will form on the inside. Because water is denser than heating oil, this moisture will settle in the bottom of the tank. It creates a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and other organisms that cause sediment and corrosion.

This is why we recommend our customers get a heating oil delivery before the summer. You don’t need to worry about the fuel “going bad” while it sits in the tank. Heating oil has a shelf life of 18 to 24 months. It will be ready when the temperatures drop!

Medway Oil & Propane — Your Full-Service Home Heating Partner!

We are here whether you need a dependable heating oil delivery partner, a trustworthy team to upgrade your home oil tank or experienced technicians to service your heating equipment. The Medway Oil & Propane team has serviced households in Medway, Wrentham, Southborough and other eastern Massachusetts communities for nearly 70 years. Our automatic delivery service ensures your oil tank is always filled and ready for the harshest winter weather that New England can throw our way.

Do business with a local company that genuinely cares about your comfort. Become a Medway Oil & Propane customer today.