Oil spills (or loss of oil, depending how you want to put it) can be expensive to clean and highly disruptive to home life. Performing a few checks of your oil fired heating system can you this hassle and give you piece of mind.
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 feed line;
- On discovering strong odours emanating from the boiler aerate the room and call a specialist immediately;
- Regular servicing of the boiler is necessary. The burning of oil along with inadequate servicing can lead to the production of carbon monoxide.
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