converting from oil to gas heat

snailgem's picture

has anyone who used to have oil heat converted to gas heat?
i'm starting to do some research on this and would appreciate if anyone could share their experience/wisdom on this.

thanks

biggeo's picture

we had oil heat we replaced

we had oil heat we replaced the old heater with a new really more efficient new oil heater which burns a lot less oil from what i hear last year we spent about 800.00 on oil while others with gas were paying much more overall

Larry99's picture

We did it about 7 yrs ago

We did it about 7 yrs ago when we had central a/c installed along with the new gas furnace. It was pretty painless (except for the cost). We hired a company called 'Petro' to do it. They came in, installed the hardware, took out the old furness and oil tank (they had to cut it up into peices using a big electric hack saw) and installed the a/c compressor unit. The only minor thing was that it smelled a little like oil for a few days after the installation. Gas was actually a little more expensive back then but it's definitely more convenient and there's more room in the basement without that giant tank.

Ftown66's picture

I agree with biggeo. We

I agree with biggeo. We replace are old oil furnace with a more efficient one and it saved us a ton. Last time i checked gas wan't much of a bargain that it used to be. Not sure about now. But if i went and changed my furnace every time there was a crisis i would be out more money then if i just stuck with one fuel. It cost thousands to convert. It's price also rises during these fuel crisis. And the one thing i hate about natural gas in this city is that you also get stuck paying for the fuel of people who don't pay their bills with added surcharges and fees.

tudor's picture

Ftown66 wrote:I agree with

Ftown66 wrote:

I agree with biggeo. We replace are old oil furnace with a more efficient one and it saved us a ton. Last time i checked gas wan't much of a bargain that it used to be. Not sure about now. But if i went and changed my furnace every time there was a crisis i would be out more money then if i just stuck with one fuel. It cost thousands to convert. It's price also rises during these fuel crisis. And the one thing i hate about natural gas in this city is that you also get stuck paying for the fuel of people who don't pay their bills with added surcharges and fees.

Having to buy from PGW is the main reason I never consider converting to gas. At least with oil you have some choice of who to buy from. Wholesale gas prices have come down a bit the last couple of months (so has oil btw), but since no one's heating their house right now, who cares? And of course they will both go back up in the fall.

Anyone have electric heat? I suspect it hasn't gone up as much as oil and gas, although it was probably higher to start with.

You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.--Al Capone

Ftown66's picture

Usually in the off season we

Usually in the off season we fill our tank that one time. it saves you a few dollar instead of waiting for winter when prices increase. It's also a good time for bargains to get your furnace inspected or worked on if need be. Its cheaper then waiting till the winter.

pmcmanis1's picture

Remember this. You can shop

Remember this. You can shop around for oil prices. You can't for gas. Gas in the city of Philadelphia is also lienable. If they err on your bill and you don't get it fixed and sell your home, guess what? You just paid that bill in full. Oil is not.

Nunzio's picture

I gave the oil to natural

I gave the oil to natural gas conversion some consideration myself this year. In talking with people who really know this stuff, they suggested that I put it off. The primary deciding factor is the age of your heater. Mine is only 8 years old and won't need to be replaced for another 10-15 years. But, if you are currently faced with replacing your heater, you might want to consider switching to natural gas. If I were a betting man, I would guess that the price of oil is going to rise quicker than the price of natural gas.

dan's picture

An out-of-nowhere

An out-of-nowhere tangent...

How feasible would it be to dig DOWN three stories in Fishtown?
(to build an in-the-ground house?)

How wet is it down there?

snailgem's picture

thanks everybody for the

thanks everybody for the input.

i think i won't do it this year:

1.my oil heater is only 4 years old
2.i already have a full tank from the end of last winter
3.i signed up with the Energy Coop (http://www.theenergy.coop/) to save a few bucks off what distributors charge.
4.i like to have as little to do with pgw as possible

what i'll do is get someone in to check and tune the oil furnace - any recommendations?

tudor's picture

dan wrote:An out-of-nowhere

dan wrote:

An out-of-nowhere tangent...

How feasible would it be to dig DOWN three stories in Fishtown?
(to build an in-the-ground house?)

How wet is it down there?

I'd get one of those old maps that shows the creeks of Philadelphia before I did anything like that. Wouldn't it get awfully dark down there too?

You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.--Al Capone

Ftown66's picture

snailgem wrote:thanks

snailgem wrote:

thanks everybody for the input.

i think i won't do it this year:

1.my oil heater is only 4 years old
2.i already have a full tank from the end of last winter
3.i signed up with the Energy Coop (http://www.theenergy.coop/) to save a few bucks off what distributors charge.
4.i like to have as little to do with pgw as possible

what i'll do is get someone in to check and tune the oil furnace - any recommendations?

I believe we get mantenance through Tioga fuels on tioga and tulip. If you have not never had it done or at least haven't for a few years you should. Oil furnace have an oil filter like a car. It should be changed frequently. It will help your furnace burn cleaner and protect it from possible damage. That also goes for cleaning the furnace of soot.

susan's picture

Has anyone converted to

Has anyone converted to Solar? I have a newer oil/ hot water system - am interested in renewable (and cheaper) alternatives.

dan's picture

susan wrote:am interested in

susan wrote:

am interested in renewable (and cheaper) alternatives.

unfortunately, the two don't seem to quite go together yet...
although I'm interested in solar as amortized over decades