With summer just weeks away, it may seem strange to be talking and thinking about your heating oil storage tank – but if your oil tank is less than half full, it could save you some big headaches down the road.
That’s because an empty steel heating oil tank is more likely to accumulate condensation (water) on its interior walls – the result of differences between temperatures inside and outside your tank (just think of the way water forms on a cold glass on a hot day – same idea).
The Problem With Condensation
Condensation creates two problems for your oil storage tank. First, damp conditions cause bacteria to multiply inside your fuel, which will eventually turn your oil into a thick sludge that will jam your fuel lines and potentially even cause your heating system to fail. Second, water – which is heavier than oil – will eventually sink to the bottom of your oil tank, where it will cause corrosion that could eventually lead to a costly tank failure.
The bottom line here: An abundance of water inside your oil tank is a bad thing for your tank and for you, and one of the easiest ways to keep it from forming is to keep your tank at least half full during the heating offseason. Filling your tank with quality heating oil now could also be a good way to save some money, since heating oil prices in West Virginia and western Maryland are often at their lowest during periods of low demand.