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Can my home heating oil go off?

“Can my heating oil go off?” It’s a question our customer services team hear all the time, so here’s our answer.

Everyone likes to save money on their home heating oil spend, and one of the easiest ways to do this is by bulk ordering home heating oil so you can benefit from a lower cost per unit.  However, some people worry that bulk ordering home heating oil will mean that it deteriorates in their oil tank if it isn’t used promptly. Home heating oil doesn’t go off, however there are things you can do to keep it in the best possible condition. Read on to find out more.

Use home heating oil additives

The next time you get a large top up of home heating oil that you intend to make last for a few months, we would recommend that you add a bottle of home heating oil additives to your tank just before delivery. Home heating oil additives help to breakdown any grime or sludge in your tank which would reduce the quality of your home heating oil, and they can also help to stabilise the fuel, especially if it’s going to be in your tank for some time. A single bottle is normally enough to service an entire oil tank, so it’s an inexpensive way to maintain the quality of your oil over a longer period of time.

Make sure your boiler is serviced

Your boiler is an essential part of your home heating system, so to make sure it’s working efficiently and with the least possible wastage of fuel, make sure you get it serviced at least once a year. This will help keep it in good working order, will help it to combust the fuel more efficiently and keeps it safe to use.

Check the condition of your oil tank

If the seals around your oil tank are starting to show signs of wear and tear, there is a higher likelihood of rainwater being able to make its way into your oil tank and this is bad news for your fuel, as it can reduce the quality and may lead to costly service charges as you will require the services of an engineer to flush out any remaining water in your tank. Always check your tank after a heavy snowfall or storm to see if there’s been any noticeable damage which requires a speedy repair.

Protect your home heating oil from theft

Your home heating oil can’t go off, but it can be stolen and that’s a bigger worry at this time of year when incidents of fuel theft are on the rise. Make sure you protect your property and your oil tank with locks and anti-intruder measures like tall gates and outdoor motion sensor lighting.

Buy good quality home heating oil from Emo

Your heating oil won’t go off, but you’ll get the best possible performance and heating output when you buy good quality fuel, like the kerosene or gas oil on offer from In just 30 seconds, you can have a reliable quote from us and be one step closer to a cosy home this winter, safe in the knowledge that we provide the highest quality home heating oil throughout Ireland.