By looking after your domestic heating oil system properly, you can ensure a smooth and efficient home heating process for years to come.  Most new oil boilers come with a 10 year guarantee, but they can last up to 20 years with proper care and attention.

Neglecting your oil tank and boiler can result in expensive repairs, so here are some things you can do to avoid issues with your heating oil system:

Regular Inspections

As with any home heating system, it’s important to have your heating oil tank and oil boiler inspected by a professional at least once a year.  This check must be carried out by an OFTEC-qualified heating engineer, so make sure you check this when booking in for an inspection.

Check for Damage

Get in the habit of checking for damage to your tank regularly to ensure your oil is stored in the best way and remains at optimum quality.  Here’s a list of simple checks you can do yourself:

  • Check for any bulging, cracks or scratches on the tank
  • Keep an eye out for rust or discolouration
  • Clean up any oil spillages after the tank has been refilled
  • Do a check for leakage which can occur around the valves, pipes and seams

Good domestic heating oil suppliers will point out anything they spot on fuel delivery, but it’s important you are monitoring the tank yourself regularly to avoid expensive repair bills down the line.

Don’t Overfill Your Heating Oil Tank

Keep the tank topped up, but don’t exceed 90% fill to avoid any leaks and extra pressure in your heating oil tank.  Check any alarms and overfill devices regularly to ensure everything is in full working order.  Vale Oils can ensure you have the optimum amount of fuel oil in your tank, contact us today for a free quote.

…But Do Top It Up

With space in your oil tank, there is room for water to condense, creating moisture and an ideal home for bacteria to grow.  This then leads to sludge in your tank – a top reason for breakdown and expensive service bills. 

The best thing to do is keep your tank topped up during summer months so it’s never running low.  You’ll also benefit from better summer heating oil prices, saving you money with your heating oil supplier.

Maintain Your Tank

It’s a good idea to do a little summer maintenance on your tank, after all, it’s most likely been working overtime to keep you warm all winter.  Use a rust-inhibiting paint and treatment to ensure your tank is fully protected.

Use Quality Fuel

Vale Oils only offer Premium oils with additives which will help to protect your cooker, heating system or vehicles for years to come.  These additives have many benefits:

  •  Minimise potential tank corrosion, reducing the build up of carbon deposits and soot
  • Lower char value for a cleaner burn
  • Lower carbon emissions and improve system efficiency
  • Reduce deposits around nozzles and heat exchanger surfaces to reduce service costs


Looking for quality heating oil for your home or business? 
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