Top Signs You Need an Oil Tank Replacement

Oil tanks are designed for the long-term, with some lasting 15 to 30 years. Owning a piece of equipment meant to last so long means that regularly checking on it, keeping updated, and having annual maintenance should be a part of your MA heating upkeep.

Moisture can get trapped inside a tank and cause the tank to corrode from the inside out. This means that you should never assume that your tank is good to go based on your external visual inspection. Regular maintenance can help prevent such an issue. This is why it’s important to have a licensed technician inspect your tank every year for corrosion. However, if it is time for a tank replacement, your tank will likely tell you through a combination of visible signs. Keep reading to learn the top signs that it’s time for a tank update.

Signs You May Need an Oil Tank Replacement

  • Leaks: Leaks are a definite reason to replace your tank, but outdoor tank leaks can go undetected for years without homeowners noticing. It’s a good idea to do a thorough visual inspection of your tank and to examine the ground around it for oil or puddles. You might also consider having your tank inspected if you notice your oil isn’t lasting as long as it usually should or if your bills start to rise.
  • Age: While indoor tanks can last for up to 30 years, outdoor tanks should be replaced every 10–15 years.
  • Unstable Legs: A lot of the time, the overall condition of your tank can be observed by simply inspecting the legs of your tank. Are they rusted and weak? This could be a good indication that it’s time for a replacement.
  • Rust and Wet Spots: Keeping your tank full year-round is a must when you’re a heating oil user. If you let your tank go empty or run too low during the summer, condensation and particulate matter can build inside your tank and cause corrosion. If you notice rust or wet spots on your tank, have it checked out by a professional because it may be time for a replacement.
  • Broken Gauge: Oil tank gauges can malfunction, and if your tank is leaking, this can lead to buildup around your gauge and cause it to stop reading correctly. If your gauge is stuck, cracked, or frozen—it may not read correctly.

We hope that some of these signs help you decide whether or not it’s time to upgrade your oil tank. If you notice any of these issues with your tank, get in touch with us at Albert Culver for a tank inspection. We’d be happy to help.