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Our lives are busy and often times we over look things that are so critical to the way we live our lives.  One of those areas we see people forget about on a regular basis is their fuel tanks.

Did you know that condensation forms inside of tanks, that coupled with sludge buildup can significantly decrease the life of your fuel tank?  This buildup of sludge and water can lead to problems with fuel quality or worse yet a tank that begins to leak due to corrosion.

Fortunately, there are companies who have figured out how to protect your tank, improve fuel quality and increase the life of your fuel tank.  Carter Chemicals of Westbrook Maine has developed and carries multiple fuel additives for any situation.  We wanted to support a Maine based manufacturing business so we tested the products.  The results have exceeded our expectations and we now offer their full line of products.  I want to highlight the products we utilize the most:

Arotec 275 –  Used to prevent #2 fuel from gelling, disperses water and keeps fuel flowing in subzero temperatures
K-1 Plus – Disperses water/sludge, prevents corrosion and provides stabilization for long-term storage
Arotec 300 – Breaks up sludge, emulsifies moisture and slows the rate of corrosion inside the fuel tank
Aronol – Raises cetane level in diesel fuel, improves fuel economy, lowers pour point to reduce gelling issues and increases fuel lubricity (We use this in all diesel vehicles year round!)

For more information or pricing please call us at 338-4739.


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With fall here it will not be long before winter is upon us.  Some forecasters are callling for a mild winter, some for a severe winter.  Regardless of what we get for winter weather, your heating system will be crucial to keeping you warm as the temperatures fall.  If you haven’t already had us complete an annual tune-up, now is the the time to get it done. 

Waiting can and will cost you money if your system is not running efficienctly or you find yourself in a no heat situation.  Don’t wait!  As of today we have plenty of openings in October and service plans are still available.  Don’t delay, appointment slots are filling up fast.  Call us now, and when you do ask us how you can treat your tank to ensure your fuel supply system is in optimal condition as well.

Your Fuel Tank Needs Love Too!

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One of the most over looked components of our heating systems is the fuel tank.  Many folks think if it looks good on the outside then the inside is fine as well.  Unfortunately that is not true.  What we cannot see is the steel rusting and breaking down inside the tank.  There are a couple of items that can cause the steel to begin to break down.  First, sediments from the fuel settle to the bottom.  Once there, it will attack the steel and break it down.  Second, condensation often forms inside your tank as outside temperatures go through huge fluctuations.  Typically this is more of an outside tank issue, but condensation does form in fill pipes that are connected to inside tanks which will lead to the same situation.  The moisture this creates will cause the steel inside to rust leading to long term issues.

The good news is that we have additives that can be added to your fuel which will break up the sludge and emulsify the water.  If done on a regular basis you will significantly reduce the risk of your tank leaking and extend the life of your tank.

Ask us for one next time you place an order or if you prefer have us automatically manage this process for you.