Although oil-based heating systems can be one of the cheapest to use, with heating oil often being the most affordable fuel available, replacing a boiler and tank can be an expensive job. However, with a little bit of TLC (and a few our of handy tips), your heating system can last between 10-15 years*!
Get green fingered!
I bet you didn’t expect us to say that, did you? It’s common for people to cover their tanks with luscious shrubbery, plants or even trees – but this could actually be damaging it! Make sure any overhanging greenery is cut back to avoid water dropping into the tank or rust forming on the outside, as this could condemn it and seriously affect the quality of your heating oil!
Book regular services!
Okay, this one is more obvious. Without a doubt, the best way to get the most out of your oil boiler and tank is to get it serviced! An OFTEC accredited heating engineer will thoroughly examine your heating system, replace perishable parts such as the filter, check for cracks and warping in your tank and make sure everything is running smoothly. Our servicing costs just £95+VAT!
No, we don’t mean jewellery (although if you want to decoupage your tank we wouldn’t judge!), but investing in some extra equipment to help monitor the quality of your heating oil might help detect irregularities in your usage. Contents gauges are a useful tool to monitor your fuel and can even connect to an app on your phone. A magnetic filter is a great addition to your system too, as it helps collect debris from water flowing through the pipes and prevents build-ups!
Don’t run out of oil!
It’s always worth setting a reminder to check your oil levels every week, so you can keep track of when you need to re-order. Repeatedly running out of oil could not only be a costly mistake because of the emergency delivery charges, but you could also clog the filters and fuel lines, resulting in emergency call-outs from your engineer. If you’re without heating for a while, you’ll need to bleed the radiators to release any trapped air too!
Know your additives!
We love additives as they give you that extra layer of protection from invisible problems that you may not know are happening. Want to reduce your carbon emissions? There’s an additive for that. Filters constantly plugging up? We’ve got you covered. Sludge problem? Pfft, not anymore! With our selection of additives, we can help prevent common issues with your oil boiler and tank and help prolong the life of your heating system! Just ask our friendly team about lubricants and additives when you place your order!
There are many ways to help keep your heating system in tip-top shape, but we’d recommend starting with a service so our OFTEC accredited heating engineer can evaluate your oil boiler and tank’s efficiency. Want to know more? Drop us an email and we’ll give you a call back!
*Suggested lifespan depends on the brand, quality, location and durability of your oil boiler and tank. Please contact your manufacturer for more information.