What Does It Mean If Heating Oil Is “Gelling”?

Written on: January 18, 2021

If you live in an area that experiences cold winters the way we do here in the Hudson Valley, using normal, untreated heating oil can sometimes be problematic – especially if your storage tank is outdoors.

That’s because when temperatures drop below 20 degrees, the paraffin contained in heating oil begins to separate from the oil and crystallize; these waxy crystals will clog the fuel line, slowing the flow of oil and eventually stopping your heating system (this process is called gelling).

How Gelling Affects Your Heating System

Gelling can affect your system in several different areas, including your:

Treated Heating Oil: A Cold Weather Solution

At Downey Energy, we offer quality heating oil that is treated with additives to lower its gel point. Economical, efficient, and cold-resistant, our blended oil will keep the heat coming through the long, cold Hudson Valley winter.

As our service area’s most reliable fuel supplier, Downey Energy is the go-to source for cold weather fuel solutions. Contact us today to learn more about heating oil deliveries in Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County and northern Westchester County, NY!