Regular servicing (annually) and maintenance of your oil central heating tank is certainly advised – the cost of having to repair or replace a heating oil tank isn’t cheap so it’s worth investing in proper maintenance by an OFTEC registered oil heating engineer.

We would also recommend you check your central heating oil tank intermittently every 6 months and also after episodes of extreme weather.  Domestic heating oil tanks can deteriorate in quality over time so it’s important to regularly check your oil tank for signs of wear and tear or damage that could lead to leaks or spills, and also for water in your tank which could lead to problems with your central heating boiler.

Some common things to look out for are:

  • Dents and scratches on the surface of the heating oil tank
  • Damp patches underneath the tank and/or any strong smell of home heating oil.
  • Splits in plastic tanks, or rust patches on metal tanks
  • Damage to grass around your heating oil tank

You should also check the base for subsidence and ensure there is no foliage within a 300mm range of the tank.  If you are concerned about the condition of your tank, call your OFTEC registered oil heating engineer for advice, or alternatively call us on 01423 770 666.  If you notice any damage, you should have it repaired immediately. For useful information on domestic oil tank installation and regulations should you, in the worst case scenario, need to replace your heating oil tank, check out our detailed article.