Running out of heating oil in the middle of a Central Massachusetts cold snap is never fun.
To avoid that problem – and perhaps to save a little money with off-season fuel fill-ups – most of us buy our fuel oil in batches throughout the year, so our heating system ready for action once the cold days and nights arrive.
While taking heating oil deliveries this way can be a smart strategy in theory, it can only work if heating oil has a substantial enough “shelf life” to sit in your heating oil storage tank until it’s needed.
The question is, does it?
The truth is, heating oil can – and will – spoil over time. Bacteria in your oil tank and in the oil itself will degrade the oil, causing it to thicken into unusable sludge. Certain acids can also decrease the shelf life of your oil, as can paint, sludge, and rust. Water can also inhibit heating oil’s ability to burn.
Typically, heating oil can last about 18 to 24 months without decaying, as long as it includes the right additives is stored correctly.
To make your heating oil last as long as possible, do these three things:
Need a reliable supply of heating oil any time of the year within our Middlesex or Norfolk County service area? We can help. Contact Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling today for expert heating oil delivery and heating oil service in Central Massachusetts!