- Have your furnace serviced yearly!
- Change your fuel filter and remove any sludge and water from the tank every year.
- Add an oil additive to reduce the water in your tank.
- From time to time, check the outside of your tank for any rust. Clean off any spots and apply a rustproof paint.
- When replacing your tank, be careful not to transfer all of the contents of the old tank into the new one. Accumulated water, sludge and bacteria will cause your new tank to quickly corrode and leak.
- Keep tank relatively full over the summer so that less water from condensation will collect inside.
- Check your tank for problems after each fuel delivery.
Home Owner Checklist
to Inspect Your Tank
- Are the tank legs unstable or on a shaky foundation?
- Are there any signs of rust, weeping, wet spots or excessive dents on your tank?
- Are there any drips or signs of leakage around the filter or valves?
- Is there danger of snow or ice falling on the tank?
- Is the vent clogged or restricted because of snow, ice or insect nests? (Screened vents can help prevent insect nest problems.)
- Is the vent whistle silent when the tank is being filled? (Ask your fuel delivery person.)
- Are there signs of spills around the fill pipe or vent pipe?
- Is the fuel-level gauge cracked, stuck or frozen? Are there signs of oil around it?