Why It’s Important to Keep Heating Oil in Your Tank

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Once spring arrives in a few weeks, many of you will be counting the days until you can put your heating system to bed for a few months. The bad news is that might take a while, since temperatures routinely dip into the 40s well into May in our Hudson Valley service area.

But the good news is that the end of heating season will eventually come – and when it does, there are two things you should do: have your heating equipment professionally serviced, and make sure your heating oil tank is at least half full.

The first of these tasks is really more a matter of expedience – get your routine heating maintenance out of the way now and you won’t have to think about it – or deal with the crowds – when fall arrives later in the year. The work our technicians perform on your equipment won’t “wear out;” you will just get top performance from your equipment from day one of heating season 2019/2020.

The second post-winter to-do is almost as important, but often overlooked. Why keep heating oil in your tank through the offseason? Mostly because steel heating oil tanks don’t like water, and a tank that contains more air than fuel is more likely to accumulate condensation (water) on its interior walls as temperatures shift during your tank’s spring/ summer/ early fall hiatus.

Condensation creates two problems for your heating oil tank: first, it encourages the bacteria in your fuel to grow, which will eventually cause system-jamming, efficiency-sapping sludge to accumulate in your tank. Second, since water is heavier than oil, it will sink to the bottom of your tank where it will speed corrosion – a problem you won’t see coming until it’s too late.

The bottom line: Condensation is not good for your heating oil tank, but you can avoid (or at least minimize) it by keeping your tank at least half full during the offseason.

Need a late season heating oil delivery? We can help. Contact Porco Energy today for reliable heating oil deliveries in our Hudson Valley service area!