How Long Do Fuel Tanks Last?

Written on: February 7, 2022

What to expect from your heating oil or propane tank

oil tank lifespaneIf you have a heating oil or propane tank on your Hudson Valley property, you might be wondering how much longer it will last. The good news is that fuel tanks tend to last a long time. However, nothing lasts forever, so you do want to keep track of the age of yours.

The life of a heating oil tank

Heating oil tanks tend to last about 15 years—sometimes longer. How long yours lasts will depend on how well it’s maintained and how it was made. Older tanks are made of steel. Modern tanks are made of plastic and fiberglass and are designed to last upwards of 50 years! It also matters where your tank’s connector valve is. When connector valves are at the bottom of the tank, they tend to last longer than those on the side of the tank.

As a full-service heating oil company, Downey Energy installs, replaces, and removes heating oil tanks. So, when you’re ready to get rid of your heating oil tank and upgrade to one that will last decades, let us take care of it for you.

The life of a propane tank

If you have an aboveground propane tank, you can generally expect it to last 30 years or even longer. That’s in large part due to very strict safety and durability protocols that are in place. How long your tank lasts will also be determined by your tank’s size and how well it’s maintained.

With Downey Energy, you can get a hassle-free lease for an aboveground tank. You won’t have to worry about installation costs or be responsible for maintenance and repairs. We’ll take care of that.

If you have an underground propane tank, you can expect it to last anywhere between 20 and 30 years. How long your tank lasts will depend a lot on what type of soil it’s in and how well it was installed initially.

With Downey Energy, you get safe and expert tank installation. So whenever it’s time to replace your underground tank, leave it to us.

Downey Energy has served our residential and commercial clients in the Hudson Valley for over a century. In that time, we have earned the loyalty of our customers through our dedication to service and reliability.

From Cortlandt Manor to Carmel, all around Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County and northern Westchester County, your neighbors know that Downey Energy is the Hudson Valley’s leader for reliable propane and heating oil delivery. We also install heating oil and propane tanks. Click here to view our service area.

Contact us today to learn more about our fuel tank installation services.