Keeping Your AC System Cleaner

How You Can Possibly Cut Down On How Much Oil Delivery You Need

by Yolanda White

When you call for heating oil delivery, you want to make sure you are getting the right amount you need at the right prices. While you still need to call for some refills of the heating oil tanks every few months, you want to make sure no fuel is being wasted, as it can add up to be a lot of lost money. To help make sure that you are going to be able to cut down on heating fuel loss, you will want to examine the following helpful suggestions: 

Check The Holding Tank For Pin Holes

Too many people make the mistake of assuming that just because there isn't a massive hole in the heating oil tank that it is perfectly fine. The thing is though, over time, rust can begin to develop and this can result in tiny pinholes. Even one or two of those little holes can cause a lot of fuel loss over time, which leads to you having to order more fuel oil delivery sooner than you would have normally. This means that you have to spend more money on oil delivery than you would if you did not have a pinhole in the holding tank. Wait for a dry day outside and secure some flat pieces of cardboard under the tank. Leave it alone for a few hours and then return to check on the cardboard. If there are little wet spots, it is safe to assume that those are an indication of a leaky fuel tank.

Check The Fuel Lines

Check the fuel lines for tiny holes by covering them in soapy water. If you start to see bubbles forming, you know that there are some holes in the fuel lines. Make sure that you are calling an HVAC contractor to come replace the lines that run from the oil tank to the furnace. While the HVAC crew is there, you may want to have them check out the condition of the furnace itself. They can look for any fuel leaks or any malfunctions that may be causing the furnace to burn more heating oil than normal. If any issues are found, they can discuss the next steps that should be taken for the repairs. If there is such an issue and it is not addressed in a timely manner, more fuel oil deliveries will need to be made. That means more money spent on the fuel itself, as well as a separate oil delivery charge each time the company has to come to your property.

After having a little bit of time to review the previously mentioned tips, you should be ready to start examining your oil tanks, the lines that lead from them to your furnace, and the furnace itself. Remember, if you are uncomfortable checking the fuel lines, the furnace, and the tank itself, you can always call in a contractor to do the work for you. Contact a contractor today for your oil delivery needs.