Fuel maintenance tips for the New Year

Keeping on top of your fuel, lubricants and greases can be a simple way to help you save on costs and to help keep your business running smoothly. With the New Year right around the corner, now can be the perfect time to seriously consider fuel maintenance, and making this a firm part of your future plans. Here at Compass Fuel Oils, we are the UK’s leading fuel oil specialists, providing next day delivery across the UK. This is our guide to everything you should know about fuel maintenance.

What are the most important fuel maintenance tips for the New Year?

There are a number of steps you can take to ensure effective fuel maintenance. These include:
  • Safe storage
  • Fuel monitoring

Safe storage for fuel maintenance

One of the easiest ways to look after your fuel is with the correct and proper storage. Different types of fuel will be subject to different regulations and laws regarding storage, in different settings. So the first thing is to ensure that your fuel is all stored in accordance with the applicable legal guidelines. However, this is only the first step. Once your fuel is correctly stored, you will then need to keep this storage well maintained. You should be looking out for:
  • The cap not being closed correctly
  • The cap not fitting properly
  • Corrosion around the seals
  • Faulty seals
  • Damaged vents
  • Rust causing cracks or perforation
Any of the above issues can lead to water entering your fuel tank and causing a significant issue. Fuel storage areas that are outside and exposed to the elements are more at risk here. One of the other things to bear in mind when maintaining the fuel storage is condensation. This can occur when oil is left in storage through temperature fluctuations between the tank’s interior and its surroundings, usually when the external temperatures are increasing faster than the temperature inside the tank. This allows any empty space within the tank to fill with warmer air from outside the tank, drawing in moisture from the humid air, and cooling to form water droplets on the inside of the tank. Eventually the water will make its way to the base of a tank. As this process continues, the water level can build up enough to reach a dangerous level, and enter the fuel line. Using the right type of thermally efficient storage, and storing in fuel in an appropriate area, is something you can do to help prevent this. And checking for water ingress should be top of your fuel maintenance priorities.

Fuel monitoring for fuel maintenance

Fuel maintenance also involves ensuring that your fuel supplies will last, and reducing fuel wastage. Fuel monitors are specially designed sensors that can monitor the level of fuel in your tank at any time. Here at Compass Fuel Oils, we suggest choosing Magnus Radar Monitors. These are the world’s first battery driven, wireless radar monitor, for accurate readings at any time. Here at Compass Fuel Oils, this is part of your maintenance that we can help with. We will tailor a fuel management plan with you, to ensure that you receive the necessary top up of fuel oil whenever you need it, before you run out. This can help prevent the risks, and keep your business functioning all year round. You can also be sure of the best fuel prices, and fast delivery across the mainland UK. You can also rest assured that you will receive the right type of red diesel, at the right time of year, perfect for those cold winter months. For more information or advice, get in touch with the team today, here at Compass Fuels.