How to clean oil tank so it whistles when there is an oil delivery


Old 01-02-01, 12:49 PM
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Our oil delivery company is telling us they can't deliver more oil to us until they can hear the whistle when the oil tank is full. They can send someone out to clean it, but if we can do it, we would rather save the money. I cleaned it out as best I could the other year, but now we have the same problem. Is there special way to do this? Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-02-01, 06:10 PM
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If it's cold your whistle may be frozen from moisture in the tank. Do you fill your oil tank at the end of the heating season? If not, during the summer months you are getting moisture in your tank from condensation inside the tank. A full tank prevents this. If you deal with the same oil company, have them do it. Otherwise you gotta do it again.
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You have a very good oil delivery company. If they were to fill a tank where they cannot hear a whistle they are risking overfilling or splitting a tank.

If the tank is installed correctly then the whistle should never ever need to be cleaned. Something is very wrong. Find out what the problem is and have it corrected.

While you could clean the whistle, it is not recommended. If something is done wrong it could result in a oil spill and you may be responsible for the cleanup. The risk is not worth the savings. Depending on how the vent is installed, it may be very difficult to clean the whistle.

The tank must be installed with both the fill and vent lines sloped so that water from the vent and oil from the fill drain into the tank. Further, the tank should be tilted toward the burner connection so that water is sent to the burner instead of corroding the inside of the tank. Both the fill and vent lines should be two inch diameter steel threaded pipe. The vent cap should be located next to the fill port. The vent pipe and cap must be checked to be sure that there are no blockages. Bugs and dust often plug up vents. Water will collect in an improperly sloped vent pipe leading to the growth of rust and dust which will eventually block the vent.
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12 year old thread...........relevant but not urgent.

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