Can I Convert My Oil Furnace to Natural Gas?

Here at Woodruff Energy, we’ve been proudly providing a range of services including oil delivery in and around Cumberland County, NJ for decades. However, we realize that some people want to take the leap and switch from oil to natural gas.

Oil or Gas?

For many people, it’s possible to convert their oil furnace into natural gas and switch to using a more versatile fuel. In fact, springtime is the most popular time of year for people to review their winter heating spending and consider converting as a way to save money. If you are one of these people, there are a few pointers to consider with regard to cost and benefits associated with your options.

Benefits of Natural Gas

One of the benefits of using natural gas instead of oil is the constant flow to your home or office building. Although many oil suppliers come and fill up your tank for you, the fact that gas is piped through constantly makes refilling oil tanks a concern of the past. Natural gas also burns more completely than oil, making your furnace more efficient. Some gas companies will offer rebates when you convert from oil to gas, and natural gas may actually work out cheaper.

However, there are a few things to consider…

Potential Problems of Switching to Natural Gas

It’s important to do some research and check that there is a natural gas supplier available in your area before you decide to switch from oil to gas. You may also want to speak to a professional and weigh up the cost of the conversion because, at the very least, you will need to replace the burner in your furnace.

Double-check to see if your water heater currently burns fuel oil. If that’s the case, you will need to switch this to natural gas. This will increase the overall costs of the conversion process but will save you money as time moves forward.

To Convert, or not to Convert… That is the Question

Consider the following questions before you finalize any decisions on oil to gas conversion for your property.

  • How long do you anticipate it will take to both cover the costs of installation and then start saving on fuel costs?
  • Will the recovery time be harbored by fluctuating fuel prices?
  • Does your utility provider offer natural gas?
  • Will you increase the overall efficiency of your household or business?
  • Will this whole process and the subsequent disruption be worth it?

We are available to answer all your oil to gas conversion questions. For those deciding to stick with oil, we offer oil delivery in and around Gloucester County, NJ, all year round.

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