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Is Heating Oil Safe?

Get safety & security with heating oil from Rinker Oil and Propane!

safety of oilheat new yorkHomeowners in the Southern Tier have long relied on heating oil to keep their homes warm for generations, and even with other options available, that tradition continues.

Why is this the case? There are a lot of reasons for this! Home heating oil is less expensive and heats your home faster than any other energy source. With reliable heating oil delivery from Rinker Oil and Propane, you never have to depend on a utility’s aging infrastructure as you do with natural gas or electric heating.

Safety is another reason that homeowners love heating oil.

Did you know that heating oil is one of the safest home heating fuels? It’s true that it has the word “oil” in its name, but it isn’t an immediate risk of catching fire. Heating oil must be heated to at least 140°F before it can be vaporized and combusted in your home’s boiler or furnace.

Today’s heating oil tanks are another illustration of safety. They’re now constructed with double-wall steel, as well as plastic and fiberglass, to guarantee that they are practically leakproof. There are built-in alarms that prevent the tank from being overfilled, lowering the risk of spills and leaks. Even with all of this, there are things that you need do to ensure your oil- fired heating system and heating oil tank operate safely.

Take good care of your heating system

Rinker Oil and Propane’s furnace or boiler tune-ups are a great preventative measure to keep your home in top condition. Their experienced professionals will inspect every bit of your heating system for any problems that could become hazardous.

We also provide affordable service plans that include a tune-up as well as savings on repair work!

Keep an eye on your heating oil tank

Between deliveries of heating oil, check your heating oil tank for signs of deterioration. Check for blisters on the paint, dampness around the outside of the tank that remains even after a fuel delivery, and pinhole leaks. Contact Rinker Oil and Propane if you see any of these to prevent a costly heating oil tank failure.

Contact us immediately if you find oil on the floor or ground around your tank.

Prevent carbon monoxide danger

It’s extremely unlikely that heating oil will cause a carbon monoxide leak. They are, however, possible, especially if your oil-fired heating system is not properly maintained. Contact Rinker Oil and Propane right away if your boiler or furnace is producing black smoke or soot. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the house, including the basement, as well as outside all bedrooms. Test and change the batteries twice a year and replace the detectors every five years.
 
Become a Rinker Oil and Propane customer for the most dependable heating oil delivery and service in the Southern Tier!