During the frigid New England winters, you need to know you can rely on your heating oil to keep you and your family warm. That’s why you take steps to ensure your furnace and heating system stay in good condition. It’s also why you should take measures to prevent your home heating oil from freezing.
The following are key tips to keep in mind.
3 Ways to Keep Your Heating Oil From Freezing
1. Shelter Outdoor Units
If your heating oil tank is outdoors, you need to be vigilant about keeping the oil from freezing. Quite simply, those metal tanks absorb a lot of cold from the air. That’s why it’s a good idea to build some form of shelter around an outdoor tank. A basic shed offers the necessary protection from the cold during the winter.
2. Protect Your Fuel Line
Your heating system’s fuel line is also vulnerable to freezing. If yours is above ground, consider wrapping it with Heat Tape and plugging it in for the winter months. This will protect your heating oil from freezing as it travels through them. Also we can put in a Hot Treatment to lower the gelling point of the fuel. Just call one of our customer service reps and ask for a hot treatment for your oil tank.
3. Schedule Inspections
While there are things you can do on your own to keep your oil from freezing, it also pays to let the experts help. At least once a year, schedule a full inspection of your system. A professional will check for problems like excessive water or sludge in the tank, which could result in freezing. Doing so will save you a lot of money on repairs in the long run. If your oil tank is over 40 years old this might be a good time to replace it with our Granby Ecogard Double Bottom Oil Tank.