What Kinds of Service Do Commercial Oil Heaters Typically Need?


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Commercial oil heaters offer equipment installation, oil delivery, technical support and maintenance, and fuel recycling. Commercial oil heating can involve volumes of oil in excess of 100 gallons. Common equipment includes oil tanks, water heaters, furnaces, boilers and space heaters. Heating oil companies such as Petro and Irving Energy offer equipment service packages that include installation, maintenance and 24-hour emergency service.

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Commercial Oil Heaters sells no. 2 heating oil, which is a distillate of the refining process. Heating oil use has declined significantly over the long term. As of 2011, New York City estimates that 1 percent of commercial buildings rely on heat oil.

Commercial companies deliver heating oil to customers to top off existing systems, replace used oil or fill new heat oil tanks. As of 2015, prices range between $1 and $4 per gallon depending on the market. Companies such as Petro and Irving Energy offer automatic delivery of heating oil based on computer estimates of customer usage. Heating oil is delivered in oil tank trucks.

It is the responsibility of private oil sellers to provide repair service to their commercial and residential customers in the event of malfunction. Common problems with oil heaters include burner malfunction, excess fuel consumption, and the presence of odor or smoke. Heating oil tanks and equipment typically last for 20 to 30 years. Equipment replacement and repair is generally offered as part of a service package that includes automatic oil delivery and used oil recycling.

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