Oil Heat

Tank Installation

Did You Know?

  • Oil heat systems technicians are trained in all aspects of oil heat, including installation of oil tanks.
    • By law, the fuel connection to an oil-fired heater must be connected by a licensed oil heat systems technician.  Using a non-licensed technician to connect a fuel supply to an oil burner could affect your insurance;
    • The installing technician must review product and safety information and maintenance requirements with the homeowner and leave the appropriate manuals with the owner;
    • Manufacturers require annual equipment maintenance in order to honour equipment warranties;
    • Transferring oil from an old tank to a new one will void your warranty, and could clog your oil filter, lower your furnace efficiency and shorten the life of your new tank;
    • Keeping your oil tank indoors – in the basement, garage or utility room – increases life expectancy, lowers maintenance costs and lessens the chance of a leak;
    • Outdoor tanks must be supported on a concrete pad or reinforced patio stones next to the house to protect against weather and ground settling;
    • Never install a used oil tank, as they may contain oil sludge and water than can clog your oil filter, reduce the efficiency of your furnace, and cause a tank leak;  it also voids any remaining warranty;
    • An oil line protector (and gauge protector if the tank is outside) safeguards against spills due to foot traffic, falling debris and other environmental factors;
    • Corrosion resistant, double-wall steel and fibreglass storage tanks have dramatically reduced heating oil spills;
    • Filling your fuel tank in the summer can reduce condensation inside the tank, which can extend the life of your tank.