What Does It Mean When Heating Oil Is “Gelling”?

oil gelling problem new jerseyWhen it comes keeping your New Jersey home warm, heating oil is the BTU king, providing more heat per gallon when it’s burned than any other fuel. But heating oil itself doesn’t fare quite as well against extreme temperatures.

The fact is, heating oil can actually freeze if temperatures get cold enough (16°F, to be exact). When it does, heating oil doesn’t turn into a sold the way water does: it turns into a thick, waxy sludge. This process is called gelling.

Early in the gelling process– and before the oil has become too viscous to flow at all – wax particles (sometimes called platelets or crystals) form in the fuel. These waxy particles can circulate in your heating system, affecting it in multiple ways.

Oil Tank Problems Caused By Gelling

Here are some of the components that can be harmed by gelling heating oil:

Avoiding Heating Oil Problems

If you have an outdoor heating oil tank – or if conditions subject your indoor heating oil tank to freezing temperatures – we highly recommend including a fuel additive to mix with your winter heating oil deliveries. Contact us today to learn about anti-gelling fuel additives for your heating oil.

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