Oil to Gas Conversion FAQ


Q. How do I find out if I have a PECO gas line on my street?
A. Davis Modern is an approved PECO contractor, and we have access to PECO’s gas line maps.
Once we have your name and address, we can check to see if you have gas available for your property.

Q. How do I get a gas line installed to my house?
A. If you have a gas main in the street, we can contact PECO and they will e-mail a gas line
application directly to you. All you need to do is sign the document and send it to us via email. We will
review the contract to make sure it is filled out properly—so you are eligible for the lowest cost possible—and send it to PECO.

Q. What are my options if I do not have a gas line on my street?
A. Check out our webpage for Converting From Oil to Other Fuels.

Q. How much does a PECO gas line cost?
A. Normally, the service line (the pipe from the street to your home) is installed at no charge to
the homeowner. Occasionally, if the distance from the street to the house is more than 150 feet, PECO
may require you pay a small portion of the cost to run that line.

Q. Will PECO let me know if I am responsible for paying something for the gas line?
A. Yes. PECO will provide a written contract to install the gas line from the street to just outside
your home. The contract will indicate if you are required to pay anything.

Q. What happens if I have to pay part of the cost to install the gas line from the street to just outside
the house?

A. PECO requires that any contribution on your part be paid in full before the gas line is installed.
However, we may be able to include this charge in any of our financing programs.

Q. What do I do if my oil heater dies before I get a new gas line?

Q. How much does it cost to change from oil to gas?
A. The cost may vary, depending on which type of system you choose, size and efficiency of the
system, any additional options or appliances, etc. Contact us directly to request a written estimate.

Q. How much will I save when converting from oil to gas?
A. Most homeowners save up to 50 percent or more on energy costs for heat and hot water. Savings
will vary, depending on the efficiency of the new equipment and weather conditions.
Additional advantages to consider when converting:

  • Maintenance costs are far lower with gas heat.
  • Comfort levels are generally better with gas heat.
  • Gas equipment generally lasts longer than oil equipment.
  • Sound levels with gas are lower than with oil heat.
  • No more oil odors or leaky tanks to worry about.
  • Houses with gas heat are more attractive to homebuyers.

Q. Can I use my existing equipment when making a conversion to gas?
A. For most oil-fired equipment the answer is no, however there are a few oil-fired units that are
approved by the manufacturer for conversion to natural gas. Newer propane equipment is generally
able to be converted to natural gas. Please note that water heaters are not convertible.

Q. Since this is a replacement installation, are local permits required?
A. Yes, the laws in almost all townships and boroughs require a permit to replace HVAC systems.
Davis Modern will apply for all permits and pre-pay required fees. Once the permit is issued by the
township/borough we add the cost of the permit to the final invoice. After the project is complete, the
township is required to inspect the work to assure it meets or exceeds PA State IRC Code. PECO will
provide the mandatory permits for installing the gas line and this cost is included in the PECO contract.

Q. Can I finance the installation?
A. Yes. We have financing programs available.

Q. Does the new equipment come with a warranty?
A. Yes. Most new equipment comes with a 10-year warranty on all parts. Davis provides up to
10 years of labor. Please ask for details on each manufacturer.

Q. Who does the gas piping?
A. PECO provides all exterior piping from the street to your home. We provide a 1' pipe through
the foundation wall for PECO to connect the new meter. Inside the house we install an expandable
manifold to connect the new heater, water heater and any other gas fired appliance. We provide all
interior gas piping.

Q. Can a generator be installed?
A. Yes. A gas fired generator can be connected to the new gas line. If you have an existing
propane generator, in most cases it can be converted to natural gas with a conversion kit from the

Q. Can other appliances be connected to the new gas line?
A. Yes. The manifold we include with all installations can accept additional appliances.

Q. Can you remove my old oil tank?
A. Yes. Basement tanks can be drained and removed. The tank then must be cleaned and oil
free before it is taken to a scrap yard. The cost to remove a tank varies, and we provide a separate line item cost in our contract to perform this service. Underground tanks can also be removed or filled with
approved material.

Q. How long does a conversion take?
A. In most cases, the conversion is a 1-day or 2-day process.

Q. Is there a cost to have my house surveyed and obtain a formal proposal to convert to gas?
A. No, there is no cost to talk with one of our engineers. After seeing your existing system, we
can discuss your options and provide a full written proposal for your needs.

Q. Can you service my system after it is installed?
A. Yes, we provide maintenance for any new equipment we install as well as any existing
equipment. Pre-paid maintenance plans are also available.