Replacing Your Oil Storage Tank: Factors To Consider

replacing heating oil tank north carolinaA heating oil tank is an appliance you probably don’t think about very much – until you have to replace it. If that time has come for you, what’s a sensible way to go about the process? Let’s take a look.

Start with what you have right now

A good place to start when it comes to replacing your heating oil storage tank is to know you currently own – particularly in regards to size. How many gallons of oil does it hold, and how big is the physical tank (measured in height, width and depth)?

Capacity is often listed on the tank’s nameplate; you’ll need a tape measure to work out dimensions (be sure to write them down; you’ll need them later).

One thing to keep in mind is that your tank will never be able to hold its nameplate capacity, because space must be left for air or debris in the tank. A typical 275-gallon tank (see below), for example, will only hold about 225 gallons.

Know the range of sizes available

Aboveground home heating oil tanks usually come in set sizes, the most common of which is 275 gallons. Other common sizes for aboveground tanks include 288, 340, 420, 500, 550, 675, and 1000 gallons (underground tanks can be substantially larger).

Learn how much heating oil you typically use

A somewhat useful rule-of-thumb is that one or two-bedroom homes typically need a 275-gallon heating oil tank, while three- to four-bedroom homes usually need a 300 to 500-gallon tank. This is a little bit of an oversimplification, but it’s a good starting point for a discussion.

Factor in the construction of your tank

One of the more important factors to choosing a heating oil tank for your home is the material from which your tank is built. Steel tanks are common, but they can corrode from the inside out, resulting in possible leaks down the road; overall, they can last as little as 15 to 20 years. A more expensive double-walled tank, with a fiberglass interior storage compartment, is virtually leakproof and will last as long as 50 years if properly installed.

Consider other factors

Some other things that you’ll have to consider when it comes time to replace a heating oil tank include:

Of course there are other considerations to buying a heating oil tank – warranties, for example. That’s why it when it comes time to shop for a heating oil tank installation in northern NC, it pays to call the pros at Thomas Brothers Oil & Propane.

Be ready – once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, we expect a surge in installations that could back up our technicians for weeks. If you are ready to install a new oil tank, lock in an appointment time with a deposit so you’ll be early on the list.

If you have an emergency and need a new heating oil tank right away, please contact us for an emergency heating oil tank installation in northern North Carolina.

Please note: At Thomas Brothers, your safety and comfort are always our priority. Please see our Covid-19 Service Update Page to learn more about how we are working to keep our crews and your home cooling and heating systems working through this challenging time.