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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
Our approved OFTEC registered engineers means that your oil tank installation will meet all necessary regulations and your tanks warranty will last up to 10 years, depending on the model. In addition, our oil tank installation service also comes with annual reminders of when you need to get your oil tank inspected to maintain the warranty and abide by any new regulations.
We have experience in installing oil tanks including top brands like Deso. We work with you throughout the process from initial assessments, completing all of the necessary groundworks, installation of new pipelines and connection to any heating oil systems. Each oil tank installation is unique to the property and our experience and expertise allows us to ensure that you get a fully functioning, efficient system with minimal disruption.
Oil Tank Replacement
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
To maintain the efficiency, safety and warranty of oil tanks they must be serviced/inspected once a year by an OFTEC qualified engineer. These annual inspections are also necessary to abide by legal regulations.
We make sure that we make your oil tank servicing as convenient as possible, allowing you to choose the best day and time for you. Once the oil tank inspection has been completed successfully, we will sort and issue you with all the necessary paperwork and certification. Our friendly engineers 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?
When moving or upgrading your current property you may find yourself in the market for an oil tank in order to heat your home. Admittedly, it is most likely that using heating oil for your home or commercial premises will be a necessity due to the existing infrastructure; however, there are many benefits of using heating oil.
Firstly, oil burns at a higher temperature than gas which means it is more effective and faster at heating areas than electric or gas powered alternatives. It is also the second cheapest source of fuel at an average of 5.5 pence per kWh, only behind gas at 5.1 pence per kWh and by far ahead of electricity at 20.7 pence per kWh (data from NottEnergy, 2019).
Although oil is slightly more expensive than gas as a fuel, the efficiency of oil systems in full working order operate at 90%. This is much more energy-efficient than gas at approximately 75% efficiency, and significantly more efficient than electric at 30%.
Another advantage is the control you have over your own fuel supply. Rather than being restricted to one provider and having to pay their standard rate on a set date, you can choose when you fill up, who fills it up and which oil supplier to go to. This provides you with the ability to shop around for the best deals, saving you money. Alternatively, you can also choose to stick to one provider and join a monthly payment plan with some organisations to keep your bills regular.
What are the disadvantages of oil tanks?
There are also some other things that you should take into consideration before choosing heating oil to heat your home or commercial property. Firstly, heating oil prices can fluctuate which means that if you stick to one provider you may not be getting the best deal. You can counteract this however by shopping around, it just takes a little more time.
Heating oil also requires to be delivered to your home rather than other energy sources which feed directly to your home. For heating oil delivery you will need to make sure that there is a suitable access point, although this will be considered and ensured by plumbers before installation. The final drawback is that heating oil is a fossil fuel and is therefore non-renewable. Saying this, the latest technology really maximises the efficiency of heating oil and there is ongoing research in order to sustain stocks globally.
Who uses heating oil?
In the UK it is estimated that around 1.6 million households use heating oil as fuel for their central heating or hot water. Some households also use heating oil for cooking too, although this is much less common. The standard size of a domestic oil tank is around 275 gallons in capacity. However, what size oil tank you need is unique to you and your heating oil usage.
Commerical oil tanks are also available and come in various sizes with a capacity of up to 5,000 gallons. In a commercial setting, heating oil is used for a wide range of different reasons such as to generate electricity, fuel furnaces or machinery for agriculture, horticulture and construction.
There are regulations around oil tanks that need to be adhered to for both domestic and commercial properties. If you want to find out more then feel free to call us!