Buying a Heating Oil Tank

If you’re in the market for a new heating oil tank, you may not know where to begin your search. The type of tank you purchase and whether it’s new or used will depend a lot on your budget and where you plan to place the tank. Regardless of your financial limitations or the ultimate location of the tank, there are certain steps you should take to ensure you make the right decision for your space.

You can find heating oil tanks for sale online, in newspapers, and in many specialty retail stores. Although your local hardware store may not offer an aisle of various heating oil tanks, you can probably special order one through their contractor services desk. Although ordering a heating oil tank through your local home improvement store may be convenient, it is not the least expensive option.

Another great resource is your oil company. Many oil companies have partnerships with local service providers or retailers to supply their customers with the goods or services they need — and in this case — tanks. Call your oil company and ask if they sell tanks or can recommend someone who sells does. It’s a simple phone call and you don’t even have to leave your house!

Finally, you can go online and search for “used heating oil tanks for sale”. Most of these types of oil tanks for sale will be much older, and taken out of homes that converted to another fuel type, or simply upgraded to a newer tank. While there’s nothing wrong with buying a used tank, make sure you check it out to ensure there are no holes or rusty areas that will ‘sludge up’ your oil supply.

Before you buy any heating oil tank — regardless of where it came from, you’ll need to take a look at your space and ensure that you can get your old tank out and a new tank in. Nothing puts a damper on the day when you try to install the tank only to realize that it’s too big to fit through the door, or turn a basement corner.

Although it’s not impossible, it still isn’t a great idea to disassemble an old oil tank by yourself. There the risk of fire, injury and just a plain old mess. Old tanks may still be holding 5 gallons or so of sludge — what are you going to do with that? It’s best to hire a heating contractor/plumber to install your new or used tank. Once the tank is installed, fill ‘er up and enjoy!