Tips to Prevent Home Heating Oil from Freezing

As fall becomes winter and the temperatures continue to drop, there’s a chance your home heating oil could freeze. The last thing you want when it gets chilly is for your heater to stop working. There are several ways that you can prevent freezing or clouding.

Firstly, always make sure that you have routine cleaning and services done by professionals. This should include changing your fuel filter.

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As winter progresses and if freezing is an issue you’re concerned with, these are some of the ways to make sure you and your family stay warm and enjoy the holiday season.

1. Shelter Your Unit

If your heating oil tank is outside, it’s very likely that the outer metal skin of the unit is in direct contact with the cold climate. In fact, metal tanks absorb a lot of cold from the air. That’s why it’s a good idea to build some form of shelter around the tank. This will prevent ice from forming on the outside. It will also prevent snow from sitting on or near the unit. Both of these things can drop the temperature of the oil inside.  There is also the option to insulate the walls for additional protection.

2. Bury Your Line

If you have an aboveground line, you might want to consider burying it. Cold temperatures, snow, and frost can lead to waxing. Burying them underground allows you to use the ground to naturally insulate the lines.

3. Insulate your Line

If you don’t want to bury your line, you can insulate your line. By wrapping it or spraying it with an insulated material, you can protect your oil line from the cold. Always consult an expert to determine the best kind of insulation for your line to withstand the weather conditions.

4. Try A Larger Line

Did you know that replacing a fuel line with one that’s larger than the standard 3/8” diameter is a really effective way to keep your oil flowing and unfrozen? It may not seem like a huge change but the area is over 75% larger than your original smaller line.

5. Regular Maintenance

While there are many things that you can do to help, having a professional to come out to make certain that your tank is free of sludge and water can help prevent rusting, clogging, and bacterial buildup. It may seem like an added expense but prevention is less expensive than repair.

If your heating oil becomes frozen don’t try a risky repair yourself. Contact us to have a professional technician come out and service your system.