If you have a steel heating oil tank sitting in your basement, it probably has a lifespan of somewhere between 15 and 20 years (see table below) – which means if your Rhode Island home was built in or before 2000, you’re probably due, or maybe even overdue, for a replacement.
Don’t be fooled: even if your heating oil tank looks and seems like it’s working just fine, it doesn’t mean it’s safe to continue to use it. That’s because older, single-wall steel heating oil tanks usually corrode from the inside out due to trapped moisture and sediment. That means you won’t see a tank failure coming until it’s too late.
|Steel tank, 14-gauge, single wall, connected at tank end wall||15 years|
|Steel tank, 14-gauge, single wall, connected at tank bottom||20 years|
|Steel tank, 12-gauge, single wall, connected at tank end wall||20 years|
|Steel tank, 12-gauge, single wall, connected at tank bottom||25 years|
|Steel tank, 14-gauge, single wall upper, double wall bottom||50 years|
|Fiberglass or Plastic tank, single wall||50 years|
|Fiberglass or Plastic tank, double wall||50+ years|
The takeaway here: if you already know your tank needs to be replaced, don’t wait – it’s simply not worth the risk, especially considering the affordable, double-walled, eco-friendly above ground heating oil tank options that Vaughn Oil offers (heating oil tanks have come a LONG way in the last 20 years – today’s models are virtually leak-proof and available in a variety of configurations).
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*Data from Inspectapedia.com