5 Ways To Know If Your Oil Tank Is Due For A Replacement

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April 9th, 2021

Finding out that there are issues with your oil tank makes you think that you are in need of repairs. However, in many cases, what you really need is a replacement. When the issues are severe, constant repairs are not going to cut it. The best you can do is to decide on getting your oil tank replaced with a brand new one.

Here are 5 signs that will let you know if your oil tank should be replaced:

Noticeable Damages On Your Tank Exterior – Whether they are rusts, dents, or even chipped paint, you should take these damages as clear signs that your tank is due for a replacement. Oil tank damages always begin from the inside. Once exterior damages are seen, it means that the corrosion from within has already reached the outside of your tank. It is a sign that it might already have been a long time since your tank has not been faring well.

Leaking – Rusts that form from the inside of your tank can lead to the formation of tiny holes, which of course will lead to leaking. In the long run, these holes would grow as the corrosion continues to eat away at your tank. This can cause heavier leakage!

Oil leaks are not to be taken lightly and they actually pose great danger for your health and safety. The moment you notice leaks in your oil tank, it is without doubt that you need it to be replaced as soon as possible.

Unusual Fuel Consumption – Defective oil tanks can cause unusually fast consumption of fuel. You can check this by monitoring your heating system and constantly checking your fuel gauge for any signs of irregularities.

There are different reasons for faster-than-usual fuel consumption, with leakage being one of them. Nevertheless, this odd behavior can warrant a call for oil tank replacement as it can be hazardous for your health, and can even cost you unnecessary expenses when it comes to repairs and energy bill.

 Old Age – Do you have any idea how old your oil tank is? Oil tanks usually have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, depending on the maintenance, care, and material quality. If your oil tank is already around 10 years with some visible damages, it is already time for you to replace it. Aside from rusting, you should watch out even for the tiny hairline cracks, discoloration, and bulging on some parts of the tank.

You might argue that it is still functional and can hold out for a few more years, but waiting for it to accumulate more damage over time in its now defective state will only give you bigger problems in the future.

 Having your oil tank repaired is not a bad idea but most of the time, oil tank replacement is the better option. We know it can be confusing so it is important to consult a professional when it comes to having your oil tanks replaced.

 If you think your oil tank is due for a replacement, get in touch with Meridian Environmental Services Inc.