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How Long Does Heating Oil Last?

Does Yours Need to Be Replaced?

heating oil hudson valley You might be used to things expiring. When you buy fruit, meat, or bread, they eventually go bad if they don’t get eaten soon enough. It seems like just about everything has an expiration date—from your groceries to your medications to those Covid-19 test kits you’ve still got somewhere.

How about heating oil? Does heating oil expire? Does the heating oil in your tank need to be replaced? Keep reading to find the answers to these questions and more.

Does Heating Oil Expire?

The good news is that the average person does not have to worry about their heating oil going bad. Number 2 heating oil (the most commonly found type in American homes) can last up to 2 years.

And even heating oil that’s nearing the two-year mark is probably still usable. Old heating oil isn’t like rotten milk. It simply generates less energy. Said another way, it won’t produce as much heat when it’s burned.

What Happens When Heating Oil Does Get Too Old?

If the heating oil in your tank gets old enough, 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 know there’s heating oil that’s been sitting in your tank for over two years, have your tank professionally drained and refilled.

What Affects Heating Oil’s Longevity?

Heating oil generally lasts up to two years, however there are a few factors that will affect the longevity of your heating oil. Here are some examples:

Is Heating Oil Good for Your Heating System?

Today’s heating oil is good for your heating system. With proper maintenance, your oil-fired boiler or furnace can last 30 years or more. Low-sulfur heating oil helps your heating system run more cleanly. That means your furnace or boiler will require fewer repairs and last longer.

Quality and 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.

Valley Oil delivers heating oil at the best price to the residents of Dutchess County, Ulster County, and the surrounding areas. We offer our customers quality, affordability, and dependability.

Valley Oil is a reliable provider of quality discount heating oil. Contact us today to order oil or sign up for automatic delivery.