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When to Replace Your Heating Oil Tank

Learn how to determine your oil tank’s expiration date

heating oil tank

It’s a fact of life that most of us face the need to replace something in our homes from time to time — and ideally we’re able to do so before it breaks down or causes damage.

Your home heating oil tank is one of those items that might be easily taken for granted until it has reached the end of its lifespan. The good thing is, if it’s time to replace your oil tank, modern options are so much better than ever! And if you live in Staten Island, Brooklyn or parts of New Jersey, you can count on Rucci Oil to help you choose the right one for your home and then install and service it.

But first things first: figuring out if your existing tank is ready to retire.

How to know when it’s time for new heating oil tank

Do you have an underground or aboveground tank? Each type has a different lifespan. Underground heating oil tanks generally last around 15 to 20 years, whereas aboveground tanks could keep going for 25 or 30 years or even longer!

That’s just an estimate, though; how long YOURS will last depends on a number of factors, including:

Symptoms to look out for

If you’ve committed to regular maintenance of your heating oil tank, your service technicians should have been inspecting it regularly to keep an eye on indicators of a tank reaching the end of its usefulness.

To get a better idea of whether yours is showing its age in ways that could eventually cause it to fail, you should look for:

The easiest way to determine whether it’s time to replace your heating oil tank — and then figure out what to replace it with — is to have one of our Rucci Oil experts come out and take a look. They’ll inspect your existing tank, look at your home to assess possible spaces for the replacement, talk with you about your current and future needs, calculate the appropriate tank size, and make recommendations for the tank that’s best for you.

Considerations for choosing a new heating oil tank

If you want to get a head start yourself, here are some things to consider as you weigh your options for a new heating oil tank.

Is your existing tank underground or aboveground? Even if you have an underground tank, the National Oilheat Research Alliance recommends choosing a leak-proof aboveground model to replace it because underground ones can leak if not installed correctly.

What local regulations apply to removing and installing underground or aboveground heating oil tanks? We can help with this if you’re not sure what’s required where you live.

Are you considering putting in an addition for your home or upgrading any unfinished spaces? Heating more square footage means you might need a larger oil tank.

Do you expect your family size to change? If you plan on having more children or welcoming relatives to live with you, you may want a bigger tank.

Is year-round access to your tank ever an issue? Having a larger tank that requires less frequent oil deliveries can be a good solution for homeowners in the New York and New Jersey areas with long, steep driveways or other barriers that can make it tough for their heating oil company to guarantee deliveries in inclement weather.

Modern heating oil tank options

The great thing about having to replace your heating oil tank is that in the long run, it will likely be much more efficient than your current one. Today’s heating oil tank models are practically leak-proof, corrosion-resistant, better for the environment, and can be installed in a variety of spaces such as a basement, garage, large closet or shaded area.

Need a new heating oil tank?

If your heating oil tank might need replacing, there’s no better company to turn to than Rucci Oil. We’ve been servicing customers throughout Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Jersey City area for almost a century.

Our experts can help you choose a tank, remove your existing one, install the new one, service your equipment and set you up for simple, automatic heating oil delivery. Take the first step by contacting us today!