The oil in your tank is valuable and you should consider taking appropriate security measures to prevent its theft, or unauthorised use. You can’t totally protect your tank against theft, but you can greatly reduce the chance that your oil will be stolen by taking a few simple precautions.
Unlike most other heating customers, oil users can shop around for the best deal and buy fuel when prices are lower, helping you to save money. When you place an order here are the things your distributor will need to know:
Just as regular servicing maximises the performance of your car and minimises the risk of breakdown, so it will keep your oil heating system operating at peak performance, reduce fuel bills and save on costly call out fees. Servicing work requires the use of combustion efficiency testing equipment so is best carried out by a skilled OFTEC registered technician. Service is normally required every year, but for a few appliances, six monthly attention is recommended by the manufacturer.
As well as the boiler itself, your heating system controls need to be regularly checked for correct operation and this should form part of the annual service. It is also important that your oil storage tank is inspected annually.Find an OFTEC registered technician in your area
Oil delivery companies who are members of the UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) are committed to providing you with excellent serviceFind details of oil suppliers in your area
Get to know your oil tank is a booklet published by the Environment Agency with the support and assistance of UKIFDA and OFTEC.Download
Communities will sometimes band together to make group purchases of heating oil. By doing this these communites can reduce the tanker traffic into their area and also make savings on the price they pay for their oil. This is good news.
However a customer should consider carefully the pro’s and cons of buying through buying groups. To assist in this UKIFDA has produced a guide for buying groups.
We would recommend that people considering joining or starting a buying group read the document to help them decide on whether buying through a group would suit them.Find out more here
Any fuel-burning appliance that is not properly installed or maintained can release carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a clear, odourless gas that is extremely poisonous. If inhaled in sufficient concentrations it can be fatal. It’s something that all homeowners should be aware of and take precautions to avoid.
Oil heating appliances have a very good safety record where carbon monoxide is concerned and is among the safest fuel choice for domestic use. However, while oil is a very safe fuel, it would be wrong to be complacent. Every carbon monoxide poisoning fatality is a tragedy. Regular servicing by an OFTEC registered technician will help minimise the risk of an incident occurring. It is also worth considering installing a carbon monoxide detector as an additional safety measure.
The symptoms of CO poisoning include tiredness, muscle pains, upset stomach, dizziness and headaches. If you think there is a carbon monoxide leak in your home, you should leave the property immediately and contact an OFTEC registered heating technician straight away. If you or anyone affected has these symptoms, get urgent medical attention from your GP or A&E department.
Choosing an OFTEC registered technician or installer will ensure you receive a high standard of service for your oil heating needs. This is because OFTEC registered technicians are considered to be ‘competent persons’. The British Government introduced competent person schemes in 2002 as a way to improve standards across a wide range of trades and industries. OFTEC’s registration scheme covers the oil heating industry and our registered technicians are independently assessed every five years. There are around 8,000 heating technicians registered with OFTEC throughout the UK, so there should be someone working in your area. As well as providing a high level of service, OFTEC registered technicians can self-certify their work for building regulations, avoiding building inspection fees and saving you money. An OFTEC registered installer will also provide a ‘workmanship warranty’ with installation work, helping to give you peace of mind in the unlikely event that a problem arises.
Choosing an OFTEC registered technician means you can avoid ‘cowboys’, untrained, or incompetent workmen. It also means that any work they carry out will comply with building regulations.
Find out more about competent persons schemes and where to find an OFTEC registered technician.