My wife and I just bought a house with a 1,000-gallon tank of heating fuel oil in the basement. It’s a system that we’re very unfamiliar with. We had it inspected and everything, so we know it’s in good shape. I just have a couple of questions for people who know more about them.
Firstly, there’s a faint but distinct odor of oil in the basement. It’s not strong enough to make me worry about a leak or anything, and I notice it in other houses too, but it’s there. Is there anything we can do to eliminate or reduce that oily smell that permeates the basement?
Secondly, the boiler also supplies our hot water, and we’ve had some issues with our shower hot water. Our hot water is very very hot, and our cold water, since it’s coming from a well, is very very cold. This means that when we shower, we have to constantly twiddle the faucets to try to keep from dying of scalds or hypothermia as the boiler turns on and off. Additionally, my wife tried to run a bath the other day and got about a half inch of hot water in the tub before it turned cold. If you wait long enough, the hot will come back on, but the average temperature isn’t warm enough for a bath. Is there anything we can do about this? Is this normal?