Why Should I Keep My Fuel Tank Full In The Summer? - LG Jordan Oil
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Why It’s Important To Keep Your Fuel Oil Tank Full Even In The Summer

Your fuel oil tank will be glad you kept it filled!

heating oil tankAfter a long winter and a chaotic spring, we bet most of you are ready for Memorial Day weekend and the coming summer. Even with social distancing, getting outdoors in the sun will be a nice change from having to be indoors at home so much. From grilling out on the deck to a walk in the woods, there’s a lot to look forward to.

But before you dive headfirst into summer, there’s something winter-related you need to do: Schedule a delivery from LG Jordan to fill your fuel oil tank.

You’re probably tilting your head and furrowing your brow, wondering if we’ve made a mistake in this advice. Nope. Filling your fuel oil tank now makes sense, and we’ll explain why:

A full tank is a protected tank

Empty space can be trouble for fuel oil tanks. It’s always best to keep your tank at least half-full (preferably more) during the warmer months.

Why? Condensation, the enemy of fuel oil tanks. It forms in the empty space in your tank. Condensation is more common during the warm weather of spring and summer. Hot days and cool nights create the right atmosphere for condensation buildup to accelerate inside your tank. Aboveground tanks that are outdoors and in an unshaded area are most vulnerable to condensation.

As you know, oil and water don’t mix. Condensation happens when water forms on the bare walls on the empty part of the tank. Because the water is denser than the fuel oil, it will drip down and sinks to the bottom of the. Once at the bottom, it creates an ideal environment for the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms which eventually become sediment that can create problems with your oil tank. One problem is that sediment can enter your fuel lines and clog them up, causing your heating system to shut down.

More benefits of a full fuel oil tank

Protecting your investment in your tank should give you the motivation to schedule a delivery now. But, there are other benefits to filling your fuel oil tank now:

  1. A full tank guarantees you’ll have fuel for your heating system on hand when you need it. Cold weather can come early sometimes, so topping off your fuel oil tank now means you won’t get caught without enough oil to get you through the first surprise cold snap.
  2. Rather than waiting until fall to order fuel when everyone else is scheduling his or her fuel oil deliveries, doing it now makes it easier to schedule a delivery at a time that’s convenient for you.

Contact us to schedule your fuel oil delivery, and then get back to enjoying your summer with no worries! LG Jordan Oil – North Carolina’s first choice for propane or heating oil deliveries in Wake, Chatham, Durham and the surrounding five-county area.