convert nat. gas water heater to propane

Old 12-29-04, 02:28 PM
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convert nat. gas water heater to propane

I have a two year old bradford white natual gas water heater and would like to convert it propane. What do I need to do? Thanks farmer Dale
Old 12-29-04, 03:00 PM
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Sorry, but you can't convert gas water heaters from natural to propane or vice versa. You'll have to buy a new propane gas water heater.
(You can convert furnaces, stoves, etc., however.)
The question is, why would you want to convert from natural gas to propane, which normally is higher priced?
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No, it cannot be done.

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Old 12-30-04, 06:34 AM
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I paid over $900 for this water heater for a barn that had natural gas. I only used it 10 months and then I had to move. My new farm does not have nat. gas. Before I bought it , I checked with the plumber to make sure I could convert it after I moved. He said it was posible, but now I can't locate him to have him help me with it. Seems like he said something about changing the whole control or something. maybe he was making it up to make a sale. any suggestions?

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Old 12-30-04, 03:28 PM
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The conversion of a residential natural gas water heater to propane is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. This would create a very dangerous situation. See the link below.

Conversion of a Residential Natural Gas Water Heater

Possibly you can trade the water heater with the propane company. Some will and some won't but worth a try.

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Old 12-30-04, 04:28 PM
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Have you called are gone to their www. page they have the tanks in NAT and LP there. So call them and see if they dont have a Lp kit to change it over.

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Seems like the link above does not say that changing over is prohibited, only should be done by the utility company. Seems like if you would get in touch with your local LP company and explain your situation they would know where to get the proper equipment to do the change over. Just my $0.02.
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Probably if you could find someone to help you it would be very expensive. First to go from nat to LP the control will probably have to be change to a non regulated or LP type. These have left handed threads for the burner tubing to screw into control. So the starts the problems. Remember the difference in Lp and Nat pressures used at the appliance. And the burner and pilot orifices need to be replaced or resized if you know how to do it properly.
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Also out of luck

I also found out the hard way that you can't convert Bradford White propane water heaters to gas... we were just switched to natural gas and had to buy a new gas water heater... so now I am stuck with a two year old propane water heater.

Know anybody interested in buying a propane water heater?

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