As you get ready for the cold weather, be sure to include your oil furnace tank in the preparation process. Here are easy and wise tips that will keep your oil tank functioning throughout the winter season.
Schedule a Tank Inspection
The first step you need to do for oil tank winterization is an expert inspection. Call your trusted heating company for a checkup while ensuring precise results. Your inspector will examine every part of the tank including leaks, nonfunctioning gauge, clogged filters, water inside the tank, and other potential problems.
Get a Thorough Cleaning Service
Keeping your oil tank clean is crucial to maintaining its efficiency in the cold months. Cleaning the tank is best left to the professionals. Have it cleaned at least once every three years to eliminate the sludge collected at the bottom. With regular cleaning, you can save yourself from the cost of buying a new oil tank soon.
Inspect the Gauges
The gauges help you determine how much fuel you still have in the tank. Your tank may run out of heating oil with inefficient gauges. Below are signs that tell your gauge is at risk of failure.
- Whistle/Vent Alarm
- Loose Fittings
Check for Leaks
During the inspection, be sure that the tank has no leaks. Your technician will perform several tests to identify the possibilities of leakage. Here are three (3) different tests to check for leaks on the oil tank.
- Soil Testing
One way to examine for leaks is soil testing. If there are traces of oil in the soil, surely your tank is leaking. You have to replace or repair the tank in this case.
- Low-Pressure Testing
If your tank is amenable for low-pressure testing, then have the leak test done. This test examines for holes in the pipes and the tank itself. To conduct the test, the tank needs to shut off for a while. Once the pressure has dropped after 24 hours, it signifies a leak in the system.
- Ultrasound Testing
Using ultrasound technology, your technician will take the measurements of the tank from 12 different angles. The tank is negative of leaks if all the readings are 0.10 inches or more. Other tanks may have results between 0.105 to 0.185 inches which is enough to conclude that they are free of leaks.
The presence of water in your oil tank is a big threat. Even a little amount of water can severely damage the tank and may lead to corrosion. A sludge or rust in the cartridge is a sign of water in the tank. Contact your trusted service provider for immediate solutions.
Malfunctioning Oil Furnace Tank? We Can Help!
For oil tank inspection, repair, maintenance, and replacement, call us at Johnston’s Heating & Cooling, LLC. We provide dependable HVAC services in Shippensburg, PA.