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How Long Is Heating Oil Good For?

Has Yours Expired?

heating oil age new yorkThey say, “nothing lasts forever.” It’s true. Lots of the things you deal with every day have an expiration date—like the milk or meat in your fridge. And when you buy fresh fruits and vegetables, you know you only have so long to eat them before they start to go bad. Have you ever wondered if the same is true for the heating oil in your tank at home? Does it expire?

Given the harsh winter we’ve experienced in the Hudson Valley, you’ve probably been using heating oil in large enough quantities that whether or not (and when) it expires hasn’t been a factor. Now that the weather is warming up and the heating oil in your tank will likely spend significantly more time in your oil tank before it gets used, you may be wondering what kind of longevity it has.

Here’s the good news: If you have just one residence, chances are you’ll never have to worry about your heating oil going bad. Number 2 heating oil (the type most commonly found in American homes) can last up to 2 years.

Old Oil

Even heating oil that’s nearing the two-year mark can still be used. Old heating oil isn’t like rotten milk. It hasn’t “gone bad,” it will simply generate less energy. Said another way, it won’t produce as much heat when it’s burned as newer oil would.

What happens when heating oil gets too old? If the heating oil in your tank is too old, it won’t reach your furnace’s threshold temperature when burned. Your furnace will shut off automatically if the heating oil isn’t reaching that minimum temperature range. If that happens, you’ll need to have your furnace serviced. So if you’re ever worried your heating oil is no longer good or you know it’s been sitting in your tank for two years or more, then your safest bet is to have your tank professionally drained and refilled.

Other Variables

As an upper limit for heating oil’s viability, 2 years is just a general guideline. There are a few other factors that can affect the longevity of your heating oil. Here are some examples:

Quality & Affordability

If you get your heating oil from a reputable supplier like Valley Oil, if you have your heating oil tank professionally checked regularly, and if it’s been less than 2 years since the heating oil in your tank was delivered, then you should have nothing to worry about.

And whenever it’s time to order more oil, make Valley Oil your heating oil provider. We offer our customers top-quality heating oil at an unbeatable price.

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