Boiler Conversion Oil to Gas: What You Should Know

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Many commercial properties are recognizing the benefits of oil to gas boiler conversion and how it’s both safer and more cost effective. When it comes to boiler conversion, oil to gas seems to be the trend, and it can save you a lot of money on your energy costs. Oil tanks can overfill and spill, creating potentially dangerous circumstances. Of course, there are some things you should know before making a boiler conversion: oil to gas.

Working with the utility company.

You may choose to convert to either a firm gas system or an interruptible heating system. A firm system uses gas all the time while an interruptible system uses gas over 90% of the time but switches to oil when the demand for gas is high, such as on an extremely cold day. You can speak with the utility company about gas rates – most charge lower rates for an interruptible system. The larger the building that’s undergoing the conversion, the more bargaining power it will have with the utility company.

Figuring out what your gas load requirements are

If you’re thinking of an oil to gas conversion, American Boiler Company will inspect your current heating system and determine what your gas load requirements will be. Your building may require a larger gas main, additional gas piping and a room dedicated solely to a gas meter. We’ll speak with your utility company to determine your exact requirements.

Oil to gas or oil to dual fuel: What’s best?

As noted before, a dual fuel system, or an interruptible system, uses both gas and oil, while a firm system is gas only. When you decide on an oil to gas conversion, you’ll need to decide which type of system works best for your building. Generally, if you’re in a part of the country where you have many days under 40°, you’ll want to convert to dual fuel. Dual fuel will help you save money when gas demand (and prices) are high.

Extending your gas piping and removing your oil tank

When making an oil to gas conversion, your current oil tank system will need to be completely removed. American Boiler Company will remove all components of the oil tank and extend your current gas piping in your building to your boiler. This is something which can only be done by a professional, and you should never attempt to remove your oil tank or extend your gas piping by yourself.

Oil to gas boiler conversion can reduce your energy costs and create a safer heating system for your building. Contact American Boiler Company at 973-923-1999 for information on making an oil to gas burner conversion in your commercial building.