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Oil Tanks in Welshpool
Oil tanks are used to store heating oil, which is an alternative energy source to gas in properties that are not actually connected to the UK’s national gas network. Oil tanks typically sit outside the property and hold the heating oil before delivering it to oil boilers or furnaces where it is ignited in order to produce heat.
Oil Tank Installation Welshpool
At Chris Evans Plumbing & Heating all of our engineers are OFTEC qualified which allows us to design, install and self-commission oil tanks in Welshpool and Mid Wales. We have over 14 years of experience in completing oil tank projects and only use the best oil tank manufacturers which provide warranties of up to 10 years. We also complete all of the necessary paperwork to ensure that your oil tanks meet regulations and will provide friendly reminders annually when your oil tank needs servicing.
Our OFTEC engineers take care of everything from mapping out the area, completing any necessary groundworks, the installation of pipelines and finally connecting the heating oil systems.
If you would like a FREE consultation for the installation of an oil tank for your property in Welshpool or the surrounding area then please call us or send us a message
Oil Tank Replacement Welshpool
There are several reasons why you may need a replacement oil tank, from changes to regulations, need for increased capacity or deterioration of old tanks over a long period of time. At Chris Evans Plumbing and Heating, we will make this process as stress free as possible by taking care of absolutely everything.
Firstly, we will come to your property and provide an honest assessment with a FREE quote for how much the process will cost and how long the task will take. Next, we will transfer all of the clean heating oil that is in your existing tank into a storage vessel before removing and safely disposing of any contaminated oil sitting in the tank. We can also prepare your old oil tank to be removed and recycled at a licensed site.
Before the next stage, we will make any necessary base adjustments (if required) and prepare the area for the new oil tank installation. Once the new tank is in place, we will reconnect the oil supply line and reintroduce the clean heating oil. Finally, our fully qualified engineers will rigorously test your system ensuring that it is working to its maximum efficiency.
All of our work is carried out by OFTEC registered engineers so you have full peace of mind of a professional installation that meets legal regulations.
Oil Tank Servicing Welshpool
Oil tanks require annual servicing in order to meet legal regulations in the UK. However, it is also a great opportunity to ensure that your oil tank is working to full efficiency and safely. At Chris Evans Plumbing & Heating, we provide friendly reminders to all of our clients when their annual oil tank service is due and arrange a time convenient for them to get the job done.
Our OFTEC qualified engineer will provide complete servicing to the tank, which will help clear any dirt or contaminated oil from the system and improve the overall efficiency of your system. Once we are completed, we will fill in all the necessary paperwork and certification, so that your oil tank is both legally abiding and adhering to your warranty terms. We will also provide you with helpful tips on how to maintain and prolong the lifetime of your oil tank.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of oil tanks for properties in Welshpool?
Heating oil is a popular fuel to use in order to heat your property. Typically, most homes or commercial buildings that use heating oil as their primary source of energy do so as their property has no links to the national British gas network; however, there are many benefits to choosing heating oil in order to heat your home. These benefits are why heating oil is again becoming an increasingly popular fuel choice in construction projects.
The first benefit of using heating oil is the temperature at which it burns. Heating oil burns at a higher temperature than other fuels which makes it more effective and faster at heating areas and rooms to alternatives such as gas or electric powered alternatives. This benefit of being more efficient is also paired with a relatively low cost. Heating oil costs on average 5.5 pence per kWh. In comparison to other fuel sources, only gas is cheaper at 5.1 pence per kWh and electricity is much more expensive at 20.7 pence per kWh (data from NottEnergy, 2019).
In addition, don’t be fooled by just reviewing fuels by their cost. Although heating oil is slightly more expensive than gas, a fully working system has up to 90% efficiency. For comparison, a fully working gas-powered system works at around 75% efficiency and electric much less at 30% efficiency on average.
A unique advantage of heating oil is that you have complete control over your fuel supplier and the freedom to chop and change whenever you wish. Gas and electric providers are fairly constant and although you can change between providers the process can be long and tiresome – this usually leaves us just paying extra or a rate that we are not entirely happy with, out of convenience. Heating oil is different as you can shop around for the best deals every time your oil tank needs filling up and get the best prices. However, if you do prefer to pay monthly like a standard utility bill as opposed to paying the complete sum every time you refuel, many heating oil providers offer such standard rate schemes to help balance your spending.
What are the disadvantages of oil tanks for properties in Welshpool?
There are always benefits and drawbacks to fuel sources and heating oil is no exception. The first potential drawback can also be a potential benefit and that is the fluctuation in the price of heating oil. Just as with local garages when you are filling up your vehicle, different heating oil suppliers have different prices and these fluctuate quite regularly. This means that if you stick with one supplier and don’t shop around you may not be getting the most value for money. On the other hand, shopping around may save you a large sum of money with changing providers fairly hassle-free.
Another potential drawback of heating oil is the delivery to your property. Other power sources simply feed into your property and are available as soon as you need them in infinite supply, whilst heating oil is delivered from your oil tank and can only hold as much as your oil tank’s capacity. This is only a small drawback as all it means is that you need to keep an eye on your heating oil levels and arrange for tankers to refill when stores are getting low.
The third and final drawback of heating oil is that it is actually a fossil fuel and therefore non-renewable. Although there is a limited supply, that doesn’t mean that it is anywhere near diminished and it is predicted to be around for many centuries. In addition, the technology used to refine heating oil and the systems used in properties to ignite and transport the heat around are so much more efficient that less heating oil is now used.
Why do you need an oil tank?
Heating oil is a commonly used energy source in order to heat properties in the UK (and in some cases even to cook with). Typically, property owners tend to choose heating oil as the property has no existing links to the British gas network and it is a cheaper and easier alternative.
This is where oil tanks come in. To put it simply, oil tanks are a vessel that sits outside of a property and holds the heating oil until the residents turn on boilers or furnaces, then the heating oil is delivered to these systems in order to be ignited and provide heat.
Oil tanks can have huge capacities, so it is important to calculate your usage needs and get the tank that is best suited to your property’s needs. Once you are running low on heating oil in your tank you can simply arrange with a local heating oil supplier to send an oil tanker to your property and fill up your heating oil supplies to your desired level.