Converting an Oil Burner to a Natural Gas Burner
You can easily convert your oil burner to a natural gas burner that you can use to warm your home. The natural gas comes from a gas supply line that is installed directly into your house, which you no longer have to fuss over refilling your house’s oil tank in order to have a warm and cozy home. Another advantage of this is that you only have to pay a monthly bill instead of the big sums you would normally pay when you have your oil tank refilled. This makes natural gas burners a more economical and environment friendly choice. Below are things that you should know when converting an oil burner to a natural gas burner.
Examine your heater and determine whether or not you are connected to an existing gas supply line from your house. This gas line may be the power source for the other equipment in your home. If you do not have a gas supply line, contact your local gas company and inquire about installing a gas line.
Evaluate Existing Equipment
Contact a professional to evaluate the condition of the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment already existing in your house. The professional must also examine gas meters and regulators present to make sure that they are in good condition and can be used to accommodate the new flow necessary for heat that your burner needs. Based on his examinations, you may need to repair or replace some, if not the entire system in order to accommodate the new burner.
You may have to make a few changes with the lining or pipes used in your house. If you are currently using copper pipes for your gas connection, you will need to replace these pipes. You might have to buy a chimney flue liner depending on the size discrepancies in the conversion to natural gas from oil. Another change you might have to do if you choose to change your heat to natural gas is convert you water heater as you will now be using natural gas instead of oil.
Make sure that the equipment you buy for installing the new natural gas burner are HVAC-approved from your HVAC contractor. This will make the change from oil to natural gas more economical and energy-saving. You can ask a professional contractor to install the natural gas burner. The good thing about having him do the installation is that he can also examine the system right after and check if everything is working correctly.
Get Rid Of Old Equipment
Get rid of all your old equipment. These may include old oil tank which some natural gas providers will dispose for you as a little bonus for converting to their natural gas.
Keep in mind the cost of the British Thermal Units (BTUs) along with the cost of your payment when determining the total costs involved with converting from oil to natural gas.