Once you realize that it could cost you $6K to $8 to switch to gas, you're
probably going to stick with oil, because you said it was a pretty new
furnace. You can't be screwing around looking into other types of fuel
systems. You need to get someone out ASAP to pressure test that tank. If you
went from 350 to 1100 gallons a year, it's a good bet it's leaking. The cost
of removing a leaking tank can be very costly. There are companies who do
only tank testing. The thing to do right now, is to get a basement tank
installed and pump the existing oil into it before one of your neighbors
starts getting an oil smell in their house, or oil in their well water. I
hope you understand how serious this could be.
Yes, I agree, Bob. Super serious. That is why I stated before it is
scaring me. I am having someone to come and test it. They are
supposed to be here next week. I am also having someone come and give
me an estimate on installing a basement tank. Again, I need to be
super careful with that as well. I don't want to end up with many many
gallons of oil in my basement (because that is my luck).
I'll keep y'all posted! You guys are the best! Helped me keep my
sanity and keep me from jumping into a bigger mess.
Sorry for scaring you, but that's what I was trying to do. As for your oil
1) Make sure the fill and vent are NOT plastic pipe.
2) If possible, install a whole new oil line, and do not use the old oil
line from the old tank.
3) Try to get an installer who is also capable of servicing your heater.
4) If they pump the oil from the old tank into the new one, make sure they
don't pump too much sludge with it.
5) Dig up the old tank and get it hauled away, no matter how much it costs.
The most common tank is a 275 gallon steel 27" x 44" oval x 60"long. Another
tank is cubical shaped steel with molded polyethylene inside (for about 3x
the cost of an oval tank). 275 gallons of oil weighs about 2200 lbs. That's
a lot of weight, and I think steel is about the only thing strong enough to
withstand that kind of pressure.
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