Getting Rid of Heating Oil Sludge

Posted: May 20, 2024

Keeping a full heating oil tank can help.

heating oil Glens Falls, NY Generally speaking, sludge isn’t something you want anywhere in your house. But it can be especially pernicious in a heating oil tank. It can cause some significant problems for your tank, fuel lines and oil-powered equipment. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to prevent sludge build-up in your heating oil tank.

As one of the most trusted heating oil delivery companies in the New York Capital Region, the Hudson Valley, Western Vermont and Western Massachusetts, Main-Care Energy can help you prevent heating oil sludge — and get it out of your tank.

What is heating oil sludge?

Heating oil sludge forms on the bottom of your heating oil tank. It’s composed of dirt, rust, oxidized fuel and water. Over time, it can accumulate and create considerable problems for your heating oil system if left unattended. Microorganisms thrive in it, which can lead to corrosion on the inside of your tank. Over time, this will lead to a heating oil tank failure and a fuel spill that can cost a lot to clean up.

Additionally, heating oil sludge can clog your fuel lines and heating equipment. Oil-powered systems are designed to prevent these clogs. The pick-up tube leading from the tank to the heating equipment is typically positioned a few inches above the bottom of the tank. However, sludge can get stirred up when new heating oil is added to the tank, enabling it to infiltrate the fuel line.

How do you get rid of heating oil sludge?

You can remove heating oil sludge from your tank, but the process involves draining all fuel first. As such, it’s a good idea to reach out to professionals to handle it. They can drain the oil tank, scrub away any sludge, clean and dry the tank and then return the heating oil to it.

How can you prevent heating oil sludge from forming?

The leading cause of sludge in heating oil tanks is condensation forming on the inner walls. You can prevent this condensation before it starts by keeping your tank filled during the off-season. So, if you ended the heating season with a near-empty oil tank, schedule a heating oil delivery now. Don’t worry — your fuel will still be good when winter rolls back around.

It helps if you use high-quality heating oil, and Main-Care Energy has you covered. We only deliver premium Bioheat® fuel, an eco-friendly blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and organic biodiesel. This fuel is actually better for the long-term health of your heating oil equipment!

Main-Care Energy’s 360° of Service Guarantee

If you want total peace of mind that your heating oil system will work at peak performance, trust the team at Main-Care Energy. We always provide 360° of Service. That means we’re there for you 24 hours a day, every day of the year and for the full life-cycle of your home comfort equipment.

If you need an end-of-season heating oil delivery in Glen Falls or elsewhere in our three-state service region, just reach out to us, and we’ll get a driver to you right away.