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Heating oil tank

John Boyer
John Boyer Member Posts: 57
Today I tried to get my heating oil tank filled but when the guy started pumping in the oil it came back out the overflow. I know that the tank is not full can you think of a reason that this would happen?

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  • Weezbo
    Weezbo Member Posts: 6,232
    too fast a fill?

    vent clogged with spider webs and debris? take vent off see if it is clogged around the screen. send a tape measure down the fill and determine the depth of the oil...send a Wire fish down the fill see if some rather crafty ,chubby chipmonk tried to invade the home through the oil fill piping...i never said that chip monks were all that bright :)
  • lchmb
    lchmb Member Posts: 2,997
    another thought

    It could have also been that it was overfilled previous and the vent pipe never drained back into the tank...Either way you need to clean the vent and check the vent/whistle combo..:)
  • Mijola
    Mijola Member Posts: 124
    Overfill

    Is there one tank or two? Please describe the way the pipes feed to the tank(s), cross between the tank(s), and vent from the tank(s) Some pictures of the pipes and tanks would help.

    Have you filled the tank(s) before without incident? How many times or how long (years months etc.)?

    Regards

    Ed Carey
  • Mijola
    Mijola Member Posts: 124
    Overfill

    Is there one tank or two? Please describe the way the pipes feed to the tank(s), cross between the tank(s), and vent from the tank(s) Some pictures of the pipes and tanks would help.

    Have you filled the tank(s) before without incident? How many times or how long (years months etc.)? Is this a new oil delivery company?

    Regards

    Ed Carey
  • Mijola
    Mijola Member Posts: 124
    Overfill

    Is there one tank or two? Please describe the way the pipes feed to the tank(s), cross between the tank(s),
    and vent from the tank(s) Some pictures of the pipes and tanks would help.

    Have you filled the tank(s) before without incident? How many times or how long (years months etc.)? Is this a new oil delivery company?

    Your answers to these questions will help us provide answers to your questions.

    Regards

    Ed Carey
  • John Boyer
    John Boyer Member Posts: 57
    Thanks

    That is what had happened the company I had been using over filled the tank every single time they came. So after several phone calls with the new company we figured out that the vent pipe had old fuel in it so it was vaporlocked. We blew it out with an air compressor and that seemed to do the trick.
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