When Should I Replace My Oil Tank?

new oil tank new jerseyAn oil tank is built…well, like a tank. With that kind of construction, it would seem like it would last forever.

But trust us, it won’t.

Depending on the construction materials, the conditions in your basement, and how well you have been maintaining your tank, older oil tank models will last somewhere between 15 and 25 years, according to That means that if you bought your home this century and haven’t swapped out your oil tank, you’re probably due – or maybe even overdue – for an oil tank upgrade.

Improvements In Oil Tank Design

The good news is that modern heating oil storage tanks have come a long way from designs of the past, offering virtually leak-proof performance for decades.

In the past, oil tanks were mostly made from steel, which made them prone to internal corrosion as condensation (water) gathered inside them. Many of today’s tanks are also made of steel, but they are built to a much higher standard than in the past.

The most significant changes in oil tank design in recent years, however, have come in the use of alternative construction materials such as fiberglass and polyethylene. These materials are often used as the inner lining of a double-walled storage tank; when combined with leak detection technology, these materials make today’s oil storage tanks virtually leak-proof.

Double walled oil storage tanks also last significantly longer than their all-steel, single wall counterparts – about twice as long. You read that right: a properly maintained double walled heating oil can last 50 years or more, according to

In other words, for all intents and purposes, modern heating oil tanks are built for life – and, in the case of the Roth heating oil tanks we sell, warrantied for thirty years! All in all, a great investment if you’re ready to upgrade your oil tank.

Spring is the perfect time to install a new oil storage tank, especially this year: thanks to our Spring Ahead for Savings Specials, you’ll $250 on a new Roth double-wall oil tank installation. BUT HURRY – this offer expires on May 31, 2021!

Contact Dixon Energy today to learn more about heating oil installations in northern NJ.