When Is It Time To Replace My Oil Tank?

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Oil tanks remain reliable for many years, but eventually, they begin showing problems. Optimally, you should look over your tank every year. This way, you can stay on top of its condition and replace it before dealing with any issues associated with an old tank. Many proactive homeowners schedule an oil tank replacement New Jersey when their tank is nearing the end of its lifespan. In this article, we discuss some useful oil tank replacement tips homeowners should know.

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How Long Does A Heating Oil Tank Last?

With proper care and maintenance, a heating oil tank can remain reliable for a good 15 to 20 years. Some residential oil storage tanks can last even longer, but this will depend on several variables. These include:

  • the material the tank is made of
  • its location (where it was installed)
  • the care it received
  • the manufacturer
  • the quality of heating oil
  • among others

At a minimum, you should take a close look at your tank for signs of trouble once a year. During your annual heating system equipment tune-up, you can also ask the service technician to take a look at the tank system while they are there. They will be glad to do it. Generally, oil tanks that are in good condition do not have to be replaced. However, as we all know, equipment deteriorates with age. Older oil tanks also scare off many insurance companies, who would rather offer protection only if the oil tank is replaced every 15 to 20 years. Some insurance companies require an oil tank replacement when an oil tank reaches its 15th year.

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How Do I Know If I Need A New Oil Tank?

If your oil tank is approaching its 10th year of service, then it is time to be aware of its condition actively. You will need to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms that indicate that it might require a replacement soon. Therefore, you should examine it regularly. Also, as mentioned above, when you schedule your heating system tune-up, you can ask your technician to look at your tank as well. Staying on top of your tank’s condition will reveal any issues and problems that are unable to be resolved. Call Point Bay Fuel if you have any questions or would like to schedule a heating system tune-up.

Signs You Need An Oil Tank Replacement

Your oil storage tank will show certain signs that it has come to the end of its usefulness. Some signs to watch out for include:

Corrosion And Dents

Corrosion usually happens to the oil tank from the inside. The rust then gradually seeps outside the tank where it can be seen. Rust is destructive and always irreversible, especially if it is widespread. It will lead to dents and damage such as holes and gaps in the tank, which in turn will lead to leaks.

Regularly examining your tank will help you stay on top of the condition of your tank. Stay on the lookout for rust or corrosion in your tank, long before an issue such as a leak occurs.

It is important to note that Point Bay Fuel treats every drop of fuel with additives designed to inhibit corrosion in the entire fuel system. This is a great way to prevent the development of corrosion in your tank in the first place.

Unstable Legs

Unstable support is usually the result of improper installation. Uneven legs will prevent the tank from working correctly and may lead to other problems in the future.

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Exposure To The Elements

Oil tanks that are installed outdoors are susceptible to more damage and issues, especially during heavy rainstorms or snow. Water or snow can seep into the tank and cause problems.

Faulty Vent Alarm

An oil tank that has a built-in vent alarm gives out a sound to notify you that the tank is being filled. If the alarm does not function, it is likely faulty or damaged and should be checked. Call Point Bay Fuel today.

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Broken Fuel Gauge

The fuel gauge measures the level of oil that is left in the oil tank. If it is broken, have it checked and replaced right away.

Exposed Oil Lines

Oil is carried from the tank to the furnace via the oil lines. If any line is broken, cracked, or split, call a professional immediately.

Pipe Clogs

Clogging the vent pipes often happen due to dirt and debris. Clogged pipes can be cleaned effectively to restore their function.

Oil Inefficiency

If the oil tank is using more oil than before, there may be a problem with the system. Have a professional check the unit immediately.


Should I Replace an Old Oil Tank?

Aging symptoms, leaks, damages, and malfunctions are just some of the woes you might experience if you hold on to an old oil tank.

If you have been having problems with an older unit, consider replacing it with a Roth oil tank. Roth builds sturdy, robust units that remain reliable for many years.

If your old oil tank is showing signs of serious damage and malfunction, then it is important that you act quickly. Call Point Bay Fuel for an oil tank upgrade immediately. Getting an upgrade helps you enjoy new features and improved efficiency. Also, by investing in a new Roth oil tank, you can rest assured that you won’t have any issues for many years to come.

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What Are the Benefits Of A New Roth Oil Tank?

Choosing a Roth oil tank assures you of trustworthy service for many years. Before a Roth oil tank leaves that factory, Roth pressure-tests each unit to ensure that it is completely sealed to protect it from leaks and contamination. Their double-wall tank is built with high-quality materials that protect the unit inside and out. With a new Roth double-wall oil tank, you also enjoy a 30-year warranty that will provide you with protection when you need it. Also, they offer a $2 million insurance guarantee for property damages or environmental impacts caused by their products if necessary. Overall, investing in a Roth oil tank is an excellent investment for homeowners who have an old oil tank on their property.


Many homeowners are reluctant about having their old oil tank replaced. However, old oil tanks can develop several issues that often end up being more costly than to upgrade their old unit. While performing an examination of your tank can help prevent serious problems, it is a good idea to replace your old oil tank when it reaches the 15-20 year mark. If you have more questions about what to do, call Point Bay Fuel today.

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Call Point Bay Fuel For All Of Your Heating Oil Needs

Point Bay Fuel offers superior heating oil deliveries and HVAC services throughout Ocean and Monmouth County, New Jersey. We hire certified, knowledgeable technicians who can use their experience to provide you with excellent services. All of our oil deliveries are fast, reliable, and affordable. Also, we use UltraGuard, an oil additive that helps promote the health of your oil heating system.
Do you have an old oil tank at home? Give us a call to schedule a free oil tank consultation. If you require an oil tank replacement, we can offer you the most competitive oil tank replacement prices in the area. To schedule an appointment, give Point Bay Fuel a call today for a free, in-home estimate.

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