With the recent storms and noticeable drop in temperature it’s a good time to check the condition of the oil tank, the oil feed lines and boilers, make sure they are in tip-top condition for the oncoming winter. Best to find that problem now rather than when you’re sitting down for a cosy Christmas dinner!
When inspecting the oil tank:
- Check the tanks surface for cracks. The cracks themselves may not be obvious, but the staining of the oil seeping out will be more noticeable. Dead vegetation is a good indicator of a possible leak;
- Look for damage with the potential to become a serious issue such as rust, dents or discolouration;
- The tank can react to hot and cold stress from seasonal changes. Inspect for irregularities such as bulges or depressions;
- Check the contents gauge is reading correctly by manual dipping the tank.
The oil feed lines:
- Look for signs of seepage at connection points;
- Check for damage along the feed line;
- If the feed line is exposed to the potential of damage from strong wind or being accidentally kicked protect it as best you can.
- Look for oil staining or oil collecting below the boiler;
- Check the connections between the unit and the oil feedline;
- On discovering strong odours emanating from the boiler aerate the room and call a specialist immediately. Click this link for information upon detecting strong odours;
- Regular servicing of the boiler is necessary. The burning of oil along with inadequate servicing can lead to the production of carbon monoxide.
For some useful advice on stopping an oil leak click here.
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