Why It’s Important to Keep Your Fuel Oil Tank Full During South Carolina Summers

Date: May 23, 2018

Sunflower field

Now that we’ve put the awful winter of 2018 far behind us and can look forward to plenty of warm weather ahead, the last thing you probably have on your mind is your oil tank. Yet it’s important to prepare your heating oil tank for the summer months– and the best way to do that is to make sure you go into summer with a full tank of heating oil. Do you know why?

During the warm months, condensation can form inside a near-empty heating oil tank because it has more air than fuel. Because water is denser than heating oil, it will settle to the bottom of your fuel oil storage tank. The moisture will attract micro-organisms that live in water. Although these organisms will eventually die off, their remains will create sediment at the bottom of your tank. This sludge can get into your fuel line and clog it, which will cause your oil furnace to shut down.

Keeping your tank full during the summer also prolongs its life. That’s because the same condensation that results in sludge can also corrode your tank from the inside out – a big problem that could be difficult to see coming and costly to remediate.

The bottom line: condensation is damaging to your heating oil tank and keeping your tank full during the offseason is a smart way to prevent problems.

If you want to top off your heating tank this summer, just contact your local oilheat company and they’ll be glad to set you up with an easy offseason heating oil delivery. And when the cold weather returns later this year, you’ll have plenty of oil in storage to keep you warm.