Oil to Gas Conversion

Q. How do I get a gas line installed to my house?
A. If you have a gas main in the street, we can have PECO e-mail a gas line contract directly to you. All that is required of you is to sign the document and send back to us via email. If you are required to pay for part of the gas line, we will deliver the contract to PECO on your behalf and check on the monetary amount you would be responsible for.

Q. How much does a PECO gas line cost?
A. Most of the time, 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 to pay 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 your contribution amount that you are responsible for.

Q. If I am responsible to contribute to the gas line from the street to just outside.
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. How much does it cost to change from oil to gas?
A. Cost can vary, depending on what kind of system you choose, efficiency of the system, is there air conditioning included, other appliances etc. Call us directly to schedule an estimate and discuss options.

Q. How much will I save when converting from oil to gas?
A. Most of our homeowners will save at least 50% on heating bills or hot water. Savings will vary, depending on the efficiency of the new equipment and weather conditions. Some things to note:

  • Maintenance costs are FAR lower with gas than oil.
  • Comfort levels are generally better than oil or heat pump systems.
  • Gas equipment generally lasts far longer that oil or heat pumps.
  • Sound level with gas is much lower than oil.
  • No more oil odors.

Q. Can I use my existing equipment when making a conversion to gas?
A. For most manufacturers the answer is no, however there are a couple of exceptions where an oil-fired system may be converted to use natural gas. If using a heater that was designed to burn fuel oil, you would certainly not have the same savings as using a heater that was designed for gas. Note: Water heaters are not convertible.

Q. Since this is a replacement installation, are local permits required?
A. Yes, almost all townships and boroughs are required by law to obtain a permit to replace HVAC systems. Davis will go ahead an 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. Once the project is complete the township is required to inspect the work to assure it meets or exceeds PA State IRS Code as of 2015. 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. Most of the manufacturers we work with provide financing programs of up to 5 years at “No Interest”.

Q. Does the new equipment come with a warranty?
A. Yes. Most of the manufacturers we represent provide a 10-year warranty on all parts. Davis provides 10 years of labor. Please ask for detail 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. On the house interior we install an expandable manifold to connect the new heater, water heater and any other gas fired appliance. We provide all terror 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-it can-in most cases, be converted from propane to natural gas with a manufacturer’s provided conversion kit.

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

Q. Can you remove my old oil tank?
A. Yes. Basement tanks can be removed and generally, most homeowners want the tank removed. Removing a fuel oil tank requires we drain all the remaining fuel oil and sludge in the tank. The tank then must be cleaned and oil free before it is taken to a scrap yard. The cost to remove a tank varies. Therefore, we will provide you with a separate line item cost to perform this service. Underground tanks are removed by a separate contractor and in most cases, requires EAP ground testing.

Q. How long does a conversion take?
A. In most cases, the conversion is a 1-day process. We normally have the heat and hot water by then end of the day. Depending on the amount of work you may be without heat overnight and if this happens, we will provide temporary space heaters for the evening.

Q. Is there a cost to have my house surveyed and obtain a formal proposal; to convert to gas?
A. No, there is not 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 would encourage that we perform routine service maintenance. We offer pre-paid maintenance plans based on the units you chose and have newly converted and installed.

Q. How much experience does Davis Modern have in converting home from oil to gas?
A. For more than 170 years we have been serving the greater Delaware Valley area, designing, installing, and servicing, gas, oil, air conditioners, heat pumps, geothermal and solar units. We are on of the very few mechanical contractors that has a Mechanical Engineer on staff. We provide-not only-warranty service but take pride in our ability to build long term relationships with all our homeowners. We provide emergency service 24/7. We also provide service maintenance to systems that we did not install.