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Propane to Natural Gas Conversion

Casey Services offers propane to natural gas conversions for furnaces, appliances, and water heaters. Whether it’s running gas lines or just gas pack conversions, our NATE certified experts are ready to help. 

Heating System Conversion

Our experts have done hundreds of conversions. We can convert your propane-powered heater, furnace, or gas pack system to natural gas safely and effectively. Don’t take a chance on a DIY kit — call the professionals to set your home up properly with natural gas.

Appliance Conversion

When people convert their heating system to natural gas, they often convert their other appliances as well. While many appliances can be converted, others may need to be purchased new. Types of appliances that can be converted to natural gas include:

  • Ranges & Ovens
  • Fireplaces & Fire pits
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • Dryers
  • Refrigerators & Freezers
  • Grills
  • Furnaces
  • Patio Heaters

Water Heater conversion

Like furnaces, water heaters are often a candidate for natural gas conversion. While some water heaters can’t be converted due to their water tank specifications, instant hot water systems are much more likely to be convertible.

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Can I Get Natural Gas at My House?

Natural gas is stored in a central location and must be piped out to your home. Typically, natural gas companies will add gas lines to entire neighborhoods and the homeowners will have the option to hook up. If your neighborhood doesn’t have NG, speak to your HOA or NG provider to see about adding a natural gas line.

To find out if your home can receive natural gas, go to North Carolina’s Utility Commissions and check out their providers. You can also call your local gas services company and ask if there is natural gas in your area.

How Much Does It Cost to Switch to Natural Gas?

Cost to Run a Gas Line?

It varies. Do you need to connect to the manifold that runs underground or does your home already have natural gas and you just need a new line or extension? When broken down, the price looks like this:

  • New gas line installation costs $0 – $2,000 with an average of $980. This MUST be done by the gas company. Many times the hookup can be free if there is a pre-existing relationship with the community and gas company or if the distance from the line to your home is short. However, without a hookup to the manifold, your home can’t run on natural gas.
  • With a home connected to natural gas, the cost to run a line extension is $256-$792 while the cost to add a new gas line from the meter is $500 – $2,000+. Gas line extensions are often done to add additional appliances. Adding a line to the gas meter allows you to increase the gas supply to the home. This may be necessary if you are adding multiple gas appliances or systems.

What Is the Cost of Gas Piping?

The cost of gas piping greatly depends on the amount and type.

New gas pipe prices vary from $1-10 per foot depending on the material you use. Different materials have different life expectancies, so don’t just go with the cheapest option as you should have to pay for gas line repairs which range from $150-$5,000+ After labor and permits, piping costs around $12 – $25+ dollars per foot. Each gas system needs its own hookup, so if you have to run a pipe across the home to get to the kitchen or water heater, prices will go up.

Why Does Landscaping Matter?

In order to install NG, a pipe needs to be run underground, usually from the road to your home. The cost to dig the trench is normally included when they lay the pipe, but the work after is not. Repairing your yard can be expensive! Landscaping costs range from $300-$10,000+. Dirty and grass are fairly cheap to repair. When you add payment, stone, or brickwork, that’s when it begins to get expensive.

What Do I Do With My Propane Tank?

If you are switching from LP to NG, you may want to remove your propane tank. Some tanks are leased and you should check with your propane provider before making decisions. Additionally, you may be required to remove the tank based on your HOA’s or other local guidelines.

Above ground removals can be fairly cheap if the tank is easy to access. The cost to Below ground propane tank removals is around $900.

Why Does Labor Quality Matter?

Obviously, you will have to pay someone to run and install the gas lines, but if you just go with whoever is cheapest, you may incur larger expenses and risk the health and safety of your family.

Repairs to an NG pipe range from $150-$650 for a single pipe or $1,000 – $5,000+ for excavation.

Gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning are all real risks when you try to cut corners and save. Don’t do this, leave it to the professionals.

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What Are the Advantages of Natural Gas

Switching to natural gas in your home has many advantages, including:

 

  • Cost – Currently, natural gas is roughly 50% cheaper than Propane, 30% cheaper than electricity.
  • Increase value of home – Using natural gas in your home increases its overall value as it will cost less to run compared to oil, propane, or electric.
  • Environmentally friendly – Natural gas is one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels out there!
  • Reliability – If your power goes out, you’ll still be able to use natural gas appliances.
  • Safety –  No large propane tank in your yard or buried underground, which reduces that safety risk. Also, natural gas is far less pressurized than liquid propane.
  • Versatility – Natural gas can be used to power your water heater, fireplace, stove, and other appliances.
  • Abundance – The US has significant access to natural gas.
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Our Business Practices 

As a rule of thumb, whether it’s a gas pipe installation, a maintenance call, or a repair, we ALWAYS:

Do’s

  • Show up on time
  • Respect your home, your family, and your property
  • Answer all your questions
  • Provide clear and fair pricing
  • Review all documentation and contracts with you

Don’ts

  • Show up late
  • Upsell or use high-pressure sales tactics
  • Talk in confusing terms or language
  • Ruin grass or yard
  • Track mud or dirt in your home
  • Leave cigarette butts in your yard
  • Make anyone in your home feel uncomfortable

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Natural Gas Installation Process

Once you’ve made the decision to convert to natural gas, there are a few key steps that you should follow -- but first and foremost, call Casey Services to set up a consultation with one of our NATE certified technicians. A consultation helps us understand your wants, needs, and goals for the conversion. It will also give us the opportunity to provide you with an accurate price quote.

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The steps listed below are all necessary to complete before making the switch to natural gas.

 

  1.  Contact Gas/power Company - Contact your local power or gas company to see if gas lines are available near you. Start by checking with the North Carolina Utilities Commission or your local gas power provider. The installer will take care of any permits required.
  2.  Install line - Have the gas company install a line from the gas manifold to your home.
  3.  Outfit home - Outfit your home with the proper piping, which may need to be done in stages depending on the number of conversions. This is where Casey Services comes in! We get your home outfitted with the necessary pipes to get you running on natural gas.
  4.  Change service - Upgrade or change your service with your gas or power provider so they know when you plan to make the switch. If you don’t, you won’t have any gas!
  5.  Add or upgrade - Install or upgrade your natural gas appliances. It can be best to do this over a period of time as it can become a costly expense
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Dangers of Natural Gas Conversion Kits

Many systems and appliances come with a conversion kit, but unless you are a licensed and skilled technician, you should leave the natural gas conversion to an expert. Possible risks include:

Warranty Issues

If you try converting the unit or system yourself, you may be voiding the warranty as many require an HVAC professional. 

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide cannot be seen or smelled, making it hard to detect leaks. By not accurately checking pipes or seals, you risk leaking carbon monoxide into your home. 

Gas Leaks

Gas leaks are very serious and can cause fires and other major damage to your home and health.

Fires

Appliances, water heaters, heating systems can all be fire hazards with improper conversions.

Damage to System

Without proper knowledge of conversion guidelines and protocol, you could damage or even ruin your system.

Confusing Instructions

The instructions are not written in easy to understand language as they are designed to be used by a professional. This can make it very difficult to follow the instructions.