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3 Signs Your Oil Tank Needs to be Replaced

3 Signs Your Oil Tank Needs to be Replaced

Your heating oil tank is likely a major aspect of your home or business’ heating system. Sadly, like most everything, it won’t keep forever. The last thing you want when heading into the winter months is a junky oil tank heater. So, to keep you on the ball prior to winter, let’s take a look at some of the warning signs of a failing oil tank.

1.) Oil Leaks


As years go by, sludge gathers on the bottom of the heating oil tank regardless of the oil quality used. Over time, this buildup can cause the inside of the tank to both rust and spring leaks. What’s worse is that this often goes unnoticed until it’s much too late. The moment you notice your tank is leaking oil, call a Daigle Plumbing & Heating technician as soon as you can. Not only do we want to begin finding solutions to the problem, but we also want to avoid possible contamination of groundwater.

2.) Exterior Damage


A common feature in oil tanks is that they deteriorate from the inside out due to sludge buildup, but there are times when exterior damage presents itself to help warn you. Noticing any visible damage on the outside of the tank like rust, cracks, or chips of peeling paint can mean something seriously wrong is happening within the tank. This is another case where we recommend contacting a technician to help you handle the problem.

3.) Tank Age


This might seem like a throwaway, but it’s true. If you really have to try and remember the last time you had your oil tank replaced, you’re likely a few years overdue for a new one. We recommend for home and business owners to replace their heating oil tank every 15 years. Doing so not only helps avoid expensive leaks, but also inefficient heating patterns.


Take a look at your heating tank for potential warning signs. Fall has only just begun so you can take advantage of the time you have now before the cold weather truly arrives. If you have questions regarding your oil tank heater, or simply want to schedule an appointment, contact us! You can call us at 603-434-6353, or fill out our online contact form.

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