If you are a homeowner with an oil heating system, then you need to be aware of Massachusetts’ new Oil Heating System Upgrade and Insurance Law. The law is nearly a year old now, and homes all around Massachusetts have made changes to their oil heating systems as a result. Whether you have upgraded your heating system or not, it is important to understand what the new law means for you and your oil heating system.
- What Does The New Law Entail?
The law requires that every home with an oil heating system have an oil safety valve or an oil supply line with a protective sleeve in their system in place. The mandatory upgrades are relatively affordable and can cost anywhere from $150 to $350 depending on the system. The law is designed to prevent oil leaks from an oil line that can leak over a long period of time when unprotected in the ground.
- Why Was The Law Established?
The Oil Heating System Upgrade and Insurance Law was created mainly as an environmental protection. Oil leaks can potentially contaminate water supplies, harm air quality, and damage soil and vegetation. The new law is intended to prevent such issues by making protective measures a mandatory part of oil heating systems. There are other benefits to the law as well. Protective sleeves and oil safety valves can protect your home’s furnace and heating equipment from long-term damage and ultimately save you money on costly repairs.
- Who Needs To Upgrade?
Homes that already have the established safety measures in place and homes that have an oil burner and supply line connection located above their storage tank are exempt from the law. These conditions must still be compliant with the most recent oil burning equipment regulations. All other homes are expected to upgrade.
If your oil heating system is in need of an upgrade call South Shore Fuel at (855) 529-9635. South Shore Fuel offers expert repair, maintenance, installation, and fuel delivery for oil heating systems throughout Massachusetts. Call us today for any of your oil heating needs.