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life expectancy of an oil tank?

jonny88 Member Posts: 1,139
hi,my american standard boiler is original with original oil tank.about 40 yr old.will be replacing boiler shortly,as suggested by another member here maybe an mpo-iq.should i change tank to,or maybe convert to gas.oil tank is in basement and looks in pretty good shape.just wanted to get your thoughts,i have an oil rep coming soon and am pretty sure of what he will say.


  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,838
    Wouldn't be a bad idea

    to replace the tank if it's that old. Go with a dual-containment type like the Roth.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
  • Jim Hankinson
    Jim Hankinson Member Posts: 99
    Oil tank

    More often than not an oil tank will rot through from the inside out. The bottom can look good until a leak actually starts. When you pull the tank and clean it out you can see a lot of pock marks. The sludge that forms on the botttom is acidic. At 40 years I'd replace the tank.
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 5,306
    yeah, I'd

    yank it out too.  But PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE, no matter what anyone tells you, do NOT put any oil from the old tank into the new one. Not a drop.  Everytime someone doesnt heed this advice, they spend a long time wishing they had.
  • jonny88
    jonny88 Member Posts: 1,139
    thanks guys for your info

    confirmed it for switching to gas,get rid of the oil altogether.
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