Installing heating oil tanks

No matter how great and efficient your heating oil tank is, it will need to be replaced at some point. Oil tanks generally need to be replaced between every 15 and 25 years. If you are considering having a new heating oil tank installed, this task will need to be completed by an experienced professional.

What kinds of heating oil tanks are available?

There are many different heating oil tanks on the market, and these include single-skinned, double-skinned and integrally bunded tanks. You can have your tank installed inside your property, outside or underground, and tanks made from fabricated steel and plastic are available. The price that you pay will depend on factors like how long it takes to install the tank and where you are having it installed. Installation time is another influential factor. You can expect to see more protection from a double-skinned or integrally bunded tank. If you’re not sure which kind of oil tank to invest in, it’s a great idea to speak to an OFTEC-registered installation specialist who can provide you with bespoke advice.

Who can replace my old oil tank?

If you already have an oil tank and this needs to be replaced, an oil heating engineer will do this for you. It’s essential that the process of removing your existing heating oil tank and installing a new one complies with all building regulations as well as OFTEC guidelines and oil storage regulations.

What will the engineers do for me?

Your installation specialists will pump out any oil that’s left into the oil tank into a safe holding tank. They will also disconnect your old tank from your boiler as well as any other appliances that it is connected to. It may be possible for you to have your old tank recycled. The engineer or engineers may pressure test your existing oil tank feed pipeline to see if re-use is possible. If it can’t be re-used, the pipeline will need to be replaced.

If your old base is not a good match for your new tank, it may need to be reinforced or replaced. Your new oil tank will then be installed and connected to the pipeline. All the pipes, appliances and boiler will need to be bled to ensure no air bubbles are trapped. Once the installation is complete and you are satisfied with it, you will receive an OFTEC CD10 completion report. The installation will need to be registered with OFTEC. You will then receive a certificate of conformity.

Contact Ability for heating oil tank installation services

At Ability, we are waiting to hear from you if you are interested in installing a new heating oil tank. We have a great deal of experience in this area and have carried out installations for a considerable number of customers. To reach us today, complete the form on our site, give us a call on 01892 514495 or send a message to We’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.

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