Is It Time to Replace Your Heating Oil Tank?

Written on: November 22, 2021

Kimlin Energy is here to help

oil tank installation new yorkKimlin Energy provides expert, safe heating oil tank installation done to meet all codes and regulations.

Our heating oil delivery is dependable, with our Automatic Delivery option. For those who want even more peace of mind when it comes to their heating oil supply, we offer wireless tank monitoring. We’ll know 24/7 exactly how much heating oil you have and are notified when you need more so we can schedule a delivery before you run low. It’s the ultimate in worry-free heating oil service!

Before heating season begins in earnest, you need to give your heating oil tank a thorough inspection.

That’s especially true if your tank is more than 20 years old. Heating oil tanks last a long time, but all good things must come to an end. Finding out now that your heating oil tank is reaching the end of life is better than finding out when it fails and you have to deal with no heat in your home along with the hassles and expenses of replacing your tank and cleaning up the spilled oil.

Replacing your heating oil tank may actually help you save money. Even if your heating oil tank appears to be in excellent working order, it’s conceivable that an upgrade would be beneficial to you in the long run if you’re looking to save money. If you are planning to sell your home in the next few years, a newer heating oil tank makes your home more attractive to potential buyers, which may help its resale value.

When it comes to heating oil tanks, new technologies are always improving, and today’s models are double-walled to prevent leaks and require less upkeep.

Here are the signs you need to look for. If you see any of them, contact us and we’ll come take a look. If you need a new tank, we’ll let you know so we can get started on replacement.

Oil leaks

More often than not, you’re not going to see big holes or gashes on your heating oil tank. The release of oil usually comes from pinhole leaks caused by your heating oil tank corroding from the inside out.


Ignoring this sign could have you weeping. It’s condensation that remains on the exterior of the tank long after a heating oil delivery. This is a sign that your heating oil tank is at risk of failing soon.

Wear and tear

Other signs that your heating oil tank is reaching end of life include blistering or peeling paint, rust, dents, and the tank’s legs being uneven or unstable on the base. While checking your tank, also give a close look at components outside of or that feed into the tank, such as the fuel gauge, alarm, rubber tubing, oil lines, or pipes. If they show signs of wear or damage, let us know and we’ll see if they can be repaired or need to be replaced.

Change in heating oil usage

If your usage of heating oil increases rapidly or significantly surpasses what you used in similar situations in prior years, let us know. It may be a sign of a heating oil leak in the tank or your fuel lines.

If you suspect that your heating oil tank is on its last legs, don’t wait until your tank fails! Contact Kimlin Energy and we’ll get to work replacing it with a new, safe, reliable heating oil tank so you’ll have peace of mind for years to come.