Written on: April 26, 2021
In the winter, an empty oil tank is bad news because if you’re out of oil, you’re obviously out of heat. But having an empty heating oil storage tank in the summer can also cause problems—for a totally different reason: condensation.
Condensation is a common problem for tanks during the summer. Hot, humid days and cooler nights create the right atmosphere for condensation buildup to form inside your tank. And if your tank is aboveground, outdoors and in an unshaded area, it’s especially vulnerable to condensation.
That’s why it’s best to keep your tank full during the warm months. Don’t worry, your heating oil won’t spoil if it sits in your tank unused for a couple of months.
After water forms on the bare walls on the empty area of the tank, it drips down and sinks to the bottom of the tank because water is denser than heating oil. There, it becomes an ideal environment for bacteria and other microorganisms.
Over time, these organisms turn into sediment. One problem is that sediment, also referred to as sludge, can get into your fuel lines and clog them. This will cause your heating system to shut down.
Call us to request a fill-up so we can help you head off any condensation problems with your fuel tank. You can also order more fuel by going here.
Automatic delivery is a free service offered by Lawman’s that takes away the hassle of having to check your tank and order your fuel. It also lowers the risk and expense of running out of oil.
We use software to estimate how much fuel you are likely to use, based on daily temperatures and your past use. Your delivery will be scheduled when it’s determined your oil tank is about one-quarter full.
There is no need to schedule and wait for deliveries, and you’ll avoid the expense and hassle of having your oil heat system tested and primed for restart, which needs to be done anytime a runout occurs.
For further peace of mind, we’ll install a wireless tank monitor, which our customers use in combination with automatic delivery. That way, we will always know the actual amount of fuel in your tank. You will too, thanks to a free phone app.
Feel free to contact us.