Guide to oil tanks by wilson heating

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Guide to oil tanks

There is no denying that there are a number of benefits that are associated with using oil to heat your home. This includes the fact that oil is one of the most efficient methods for heating. However, there are benefits that go above this, for instance, over the past few years the price of oil has been low, which has been making it a lot more affordable to heat your home in this manner. Nevertheless, you are going to need to be educated if you are going to get the most out of your oil tank. This includes being aware of the different rules and regulations that are in place, as well as being aware of the signs that indicate that now could be the time to have your boiler replaced.

What are the rules and regulations regarding oil storage tanks?

Here at Wilson, we are proud to be an OFTEC registered technician. If your tank is connected to a boiler, the OFTEC regulations are applicable. These regulations have been established to ensure that the fire risk is reduced. While the risk of a fire may not be extremely high, it is critical that you comply with the distances mentioned below:

According to OFTEC, your tank must be situated…

  • On a platform or stand with at least 300mm around the edge of the tank
  • 1.8m away from non-fire rated eaves of a building
  • 1.8m away from a non-fire rated building or structure (for example a garden shed or gazebo)
  • 1.8m away from openings (windows or doors) in a fire rated building or structure (for example, a brick built house/garage)
  • 1.8m away from the flue terminals of oil fired appliances
  • 760mm away from a non-fire rated boundary (for example, a wooden property/boundary fence)
  • 600mm away from screening that does not form part of the boundary (such as a decorative trellis or hedge).

Knowing whether your oil tank needs to be replaced

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of some of the different rules and regulations that are in place when it comes to oil tank placement. With that being said, we are now going to take a look at some of the key signs that your oil tank needs to be replaced. If you notice any of the signs that we mention below, it is vital to get your oil tank replaced as soon as possible. After all, every day that you leave it, the more expensive that it is going to become.

So, how long is an oil tank supposed to last? In most cases, you can expect your tank to last anything from 15 years to 20 years. Therefore, this is one of the signs that it could be time to have your tank checked out professionally to determine whether you need your boiler upgraded or replaced.

If you suspect that your oil tank may need to be replaced, it is important to make contact with us as soon as possible. We will be able to get a sense of whether a few simple repairs or needed or whether your oil tank is failing altogether, and therefore, you are going to need a new one. To give you further clarity, let’s take a look at some examples that are the most telltale signs of trouble…

Oil inefficiency

There is only one place to begin, and this is with oil efficiency. If you are finding that you are using more oil than you usually do, this could be an indication that you have a leak or some other type of issue.

Pipe clogs

From wintery element to infestations, there are a number of different reasons why you could end up with clogged vent pipes. If this is the case, you need to have them professionally cleaned as soon as possible.

Unprotected oil lines

Aside from the problems that have already been mentioned, it could be that unprotected oil lines have resulted in you needing a new oil boiler. To determine whether this is the case, you should inspect the lines that carry oil to the furnace from the tank. You should have the unit seen to immediately if rubber tubing is cracked or split at any party.

Oil runs

In addition to the potential problems that have already been mentioned, it could be that you have a leak. This could be noticed if there is stray oil present anywhere near to your oil tank. This is especially the case if you notice this oil on the ground underneath or around the gauge.

Broken or frozen fuel gauge

If the gauge is broken or stuck, give us a call straight away.

Faulty vent alarm

If you have a boiler that comes with a vent alarm, upon filling the tank, you should hear a sound. If you no longer hear this sound, it is an indication that there could be a malfunction and so servicing is a necessity.

Exposure to frosty elements

We all know that the weather in the UK can be pretty miserable during the winter months. If you have decided to place your tank outside of the home, ice and snow could easily make their way into the tank. This is why it is a good idea to have professionals to carry out an inspection for you.

Aside from this, other common problems with oil tanks include unstable legs, wet spots, and of course, dents and corrosion.

Oil tanks from Wilson Heating LTD

Wilson Heating LTD is an OFTEC registered technician. We have many years of experience in the industry. This can put your mind at east. After all, you are going to need a competent installer in order to maintain the manufacturer warranty and reduce the risk of fire. If you would like some more information about the services that we provide, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. We look forward to hearing from you.

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