Among home energy fuels, heating oil is the BTU king, providing more heat per gallon than any other fuel. But when it comes to withstanding extreme cold, heating oil doesn’t fare as well.
Like water, heating oil begins to freeze when temperatures drop (in heating oil’s case, that point is 16°F rather than the 32°F freezing point of water). But unlike water, which turns into a solid, heating oil simply gets thicker, transforming into a waxy sludge. This thickening is called gelling.
When heating oil starts to gel – and before it has become too viscous to flow at all – wax particles (sometimes called platelets or crystals) form in the fuel. These waxy particles can affect your heating system in multiple ways. Here are some of the components that can be harmed by gelled heating oil:
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 fuel additives for your heating oil.
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