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How To Prevent Your Oil From Freezing

heating oil freeze point new yorkHeating oil is one of best ways to heat your home or commercial space here in the Hudson Valley: it’s safe and efficient, and burning it produces more heat than any other fuel.

Another great characteristic of fuel oil is that it can be stored for at a later date, which means you can order heating oil when the price is right, or when it’s convenient for you. But one problem that could occur with heating oil is that it can freeze in frigid weather, causing your furnace to stop working.

The good news is there are ways to prevent this from happening – but first, let’s take a look at why oil freezes in the first place.

Why does heating oil freeze?

When temperatures drop (starting at about 35 degrees), heating oil becomes cloudy; at this point, your heating system will still function perfectly. Once the temperature drops below 20 degrees, however, the paraffin contained in heating oil begins to separate from the oil and crystallize; these crystals will clog the fuel line, slowing the flow of oil and eventually stopping your heating system.

Once your heating oil has frozen, you will need professional repairs to get your heating system running again.

Preventing heating oil from freezing

The best way to avoid a frozen fuel problem is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Here are four ways to do that.

For heating oil that will stand up to any weather, trust the pros at Valley Oil. Our crews are on the road all winter long in Dutchess and Ulster counties, delivering quality fuel oil at great prices to our Hudson Valley neighbors. Contact us today to learn more, or to become a Valley Oil customer.