How Often Should You Replace Your Oil Tank?

Heating oil tanks last a long time — but not forever.

heating oil tank Queen Anne's County, MD It can be all too easy to ignore your home’s heating oil tank. It’s likely situated in an out-of-the-way location like a basement or garage. During the summer months, you might not receive more than one fuel delivery. And besides, heating oil tanks can last a long time. However, they do eventually need to be replaced, and you need to be aware of the condition of your tank to avoid a fuel leak.

In Queen Anne’s County and across central Delmarva, Poore’s Propane and Oil helps homeowners assess and upgrade their home heating oil tanks. In this article, we’ll give you the facts to determine if your tank needs to be replaced.

What’s the lifespan of a heating oil tank?

Generally speaking, a heating oil tank will last for 25 years, but we’ve seen well-maintained tanks last much longer, even as long as 50 years! You may have never needed to replace the tank in your home.

How do you know if your tank needs to be retired?

The most common reason that oil tanks fail is internal corrosion. Over time, microorganisms can eat away at your tank and cause leaks. Unfortunately, you aren’t able to see internal corrosion from outside the tank. There are some warning signs to look out for, including the following:

  • Rust and dents on the body of your tank
  • Moisture and blistering paint on the surface of the tank well after you’ve received a fuel delivery
  • Pinhole leaks or loose oil on the floor around your tank

It’s also important to pay attention to issues with your tank’s components, like unstable tank legs and broken alarms, gauges or fuel lines. If you notice any of these warning signs, please get in touch with the Poore’s team for an oil tank assessment.

How can you extend your tank’s life?

Here’s some good news. It’s relatively easy to slow down internal corrosion in your heating oil tank — and you don’t need to do anything extra.

The primary driver of tank corrosion is condensation, which can form in mostly empty oil tanks, especially in warmer months. You can reduce condensation by having a full tank through the spring and summer. If you ended the winter with a tank that’s under 50% full, contact us for a heating oil delivery. You’ll be ahead of schedule for the year, and you don’t need to worry. The shelf life of heating oil is 18 to 24 months.

Need a new heating oil tank? Poore’s has you covered!

If your heating oil tank is nearing the end of its service life, it’s important to be proactive in replacing it. A tank failure can lead to a disruptive — and expensive — fuel spill. Poore’s Propane and Oil provides top-tier oil tank maintenance and repairs to keep your fuel storage safe and dependable. We also sell and install premium modern tanks. Their double-wall construction and leak-prevention features make them virtually corrosion- and leak-proof.

Don’t ignore an aging heating oil tank that might need to be retired. Contact Poore’s Propane and Oil today to request service.