Summer is just weeks away, and soon it will be time to give your heating system a much-needed rest. But before you shutter your equipment for the season, we suggest doing two things, if you haven’t already: schedule routine heating maintenance and top of your tank.
The first of these suggestions probably makes sense – after all, just about any home comfort equipment needs proper care to keep it running reliably year after year. But why schedule a heating oil delivery when you’re not going to use your furnace or boiler for another few months?
To prevent corrosion in your oil storage tank.
As seasons change, water (condensation) forms inside your oil tank, the same way it forms on a cold glass during the summer. More water will form inside an empty tank than one filled with fuel.
That water is bad for your tank for two reasons. First, humidity encourages bacteria growth in your fuel; over time, that bacteria will turn your heating oil into a thick fuel line- and burner nozzle-clogging sludge. Second, water that falls from the tank sides will settle at the bottom of the tank, rusting it from the inside out. That will eventually lead to a tank leak, or possibly even a tank failure if left untreated.
The bottom line is that condensation is bad for your heating oil tank, and a great way to minimize it is to keep heating oil in your tank during the offseason. Scheduling an oil delivery now could also be a good way to save some money, since heating oil prices are often at their lowest during the offseason.
Need to top off your heating tank this summer? We can help you with an offseason heating oil delivery in Dutchess, Columbia, Orange, Sullivan, Delaware, Ulster and Green counties. Contact Economy Oil today to schedule your heating oil delivery in the upper Hudson Valley and Catskill regions!