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Old 07-21-2008, 09:32 AM   #1
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I noticed you were from Mid-Michigan (as am I) and was hoping for a little advice. My husband and I currently have a fuel oil furnace and are considering switching to natural gas for obvious finiancial reasons.

We really have no idea where to start. I believe Consumers has a gas line at the road and have emailed them for more info. I assume there will be a charge to get hooked up, right? We really need to do this as cost effectively as possible. Any ideas on furnace options or even good places to get quotes? I also wonder about a/c even though we may not be able to do afford that right now. Any advice would be greatly apprecitated.

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Old 07-21-2008, 08:36 PM   #2
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I noticed you were from Mid-Michigan (as am I) and was hoping for a little advice. My husband and I currently have a fuel oil furnace and are considering switching to natural gas for obvious finiancial reasons.

We really have no idea where to start. I believe Consumers has a gas line at the road and have emailed them for more info. I assume there will be a charge to get hooked up, right? We really need to do this as cost effectively as possible. Any ideas on furnace options or even good places to get quotes? I also wonder about a/c even though we may not be able to do afford that right now. Any advice would be greatly apprecitated.

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Hi, Jodi, hope you or 8ball don't mind me jumping in. I am a hvac-r contractor and would like to help. Usually there is a charge from yhe point of the gas line to were you want it to end. You may want to check on propane, less of a lone to run, maybe cheaper, but dont know price of propane there, here[wi.] its kinda pricey. Call for as many quotes as possible from peputable companies, ask around people usually know. People make the mistake of not getting enough qoutes. Go with a company thats pretty reputable. Don't go for the lowest bid. There are several good furnace makers. Don't know what they sell in your area. Not always neccassary to go with your name brands like trane carrier or lennox, my own opinon. Goodman is, ok, along with several others. hope this helped good luck, Victor
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Yes CPC does charge a fee after the first 50ft(?). getting it scheduled may take several months. Get a commited start date as soon as you can.

After you have a meter location from them, look at where the gas line will be run, in the basement ceiling. Dry walled or plastered ceilings are difficult to work with. Straight lines and 90 degree turns are desirable. Plan routes for the water heater, kitchen stove and dryer. All can be replaced with gas appliances as they wear out.

High efficiency appliances are vented in plastic pipe, terminating generaly, just above the height of the basement windows. They cannot terminate below a deck, or near a walkway. Plan a route for them that will not effect any future projects.

Decide what equipment and options you would like. Start with a 90+ furnace, the size should be pretty close to what you have now, and will give you a pretty good budget number. Humidifiers, air cleaners and central air are all less expensive when purchased as a package. If you cant afford central air right now, at least have the evaporator (indoor coil) installed when the furnace is changed out.

What to do with that oil tank or two. Will it fit through the doors and stairwells. It will have to be empty before you move it. A few gallons can be stored, but a couple hundred gallons is another matter.

Decide how much of your project you can do yourself...heck...you already started.

Hope this helps.

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Sparky & 8 Ball-

Many thanks for the great info. It makes the task less daunting the more info I have. As for the fuel oil tank, ours it outside so it shouldn't pose a big problem to drain and remove. I'm thinking of putting the old furnace and tank on craigslist, maybe someone will want it.

My husband may do some of work so thanks for the reminder about running the lines to the dryer, stove etc. Even though our appliances are fairly new I would have preferred gas. It will be great to have the option if we need to replace something.

Looks like the next step is to get lots of quotes. Thanks again!
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