We’ve got enough on our plates this year without having to deal with a heating system problem—but that’s exactly what you could end up with if you don’t pay attention to heating oil sludge!
Heating oil sludge is a combination of dirt, rust, and oxidized fuel that settles to the bottom of your oil tank (the fuel is oxidized by bacteria that grows in the presence of water in the tank, which accumulates as condensation when the tank warms and cools during temperature changes).
Typically the pick up line for an oil furnace rests several inches higher than the bottom of the tank to avoid sucking this sludge into the supply line. But a tank filling can stir sludge into the fuel mix, clogging filters and causing problems for your heating system.
Tank sludge robs your heating oil system of efficiency by clogging the supply line. If sludge build up is left untreated, it can even cause your heating system to seize, leaving you without heat—and with an expensive heating repair bill to go along with it.
Contact Southville Petroleum today to schedule maintenance for your heating oil system—or to learn more about our heating oil delivery in Suffolk County or Nassau County, NY!