4:05 PM 06/15/2012
I just got a quote yesterday in the same ballpark. I was always told the conversion would be approx. $5,000. I was a little shocked by the price. Did the company account for the national grid rebate?
4:16 PM 06/15/2012 | 0 Votes
I'm not sure if the rebate is factored in or not. Our neighbors just got a new boiler, that was just a replacement and it was $5500 so I was thinking that $8900 for what we need done wasn't unreasonable but then I was told it shouldn't cost nearly that much so I'm in a quandary. Was your quote for the entire job including tank removal? I've been told tank removal alone runs $1000.
4:25 PM 06/15/2012 | 0 Votes
National Grid's conversion incentive and phone number for more information: www2.nationalgridus.com/myngrid/metrony.htm
Their 2009 brochure explaining the program: www2.nationalgridus.com/myngrid/METRONY_Brochure.pdf
4:43 PM 06/15/2012 | -1 Votes
ask following questions:
is job filed with DOB?
heat loss done and boiler sized up to the house? ask for heatloss printout and EDR survey. what contractor will do if radiators are much bigger then house needed?
Will oil tank being removed along with all piping, fill, vent, and oil line?
Will mixing valve be installed, along with thermoloop, expantion tank, valves and gages?
Will they do cleaning of existing system?
If steam boiler is quoted, will near boiler piping be replaced as per manufacturers specifications??
If steam boiler is quoted, will near boiler piping be insulated?
will manual reset low water cutoff be installed?
Will manual reset pressuretroll be installed?
will chimney lining be done with double wall stainless steel lining?
will existing gas lines be tested?
will new boiler be mounted on the cinderblocks or on concrete pad?
Will shut off valve be installed on boiler outlet and inlet?
will boiler be skimmed after installation?
There more questions to ask as well.
7:05 PM 06/15/2012 | 0 Votes
Thank you for your answers. I actually have researched the type of boiler that will be installed and many of your other points although I am not well versed enough to have known to ask everything you suggest. If you actually read my comment carefully you would see that the $5500 was the cost of a simple boiler replacement, I did not say I was looking for this price for the work we need done, obviously a conversion would cost more. If gas doubles in price it is still extremely unlikely that it will cost more than oil as oil will increase as well.
7:08 AM 06/16/2012 | 0 Votes
Many of us remember when gas was more expensive then oil. That was pre-fracking, but don't count on anything.
10:23 AM 06/16/2012 | 0 Votes
Oil to gas conversion prices are dependent on the boiler being installed. This is due to the big price difference in the equipment and the labor it takes to install new equipment properly. That being said, a straight cast iron steam or hydronic boiler conversion for a small house should cost somewhere around $15,000 to be done right. Could be more could be a little less, but that is the midpoint. Be very careful of anything lower than $12,000. Very careful.....There are a lot of shlockos out there.
10:26 AM 06/16/2012 | 0 Votes
I got a quote for $12,000 for an oil to gas conversion in 2009. We stuck with oil; the new oil boiler and installation cost us $6,500.
9:58 PM 06/17/2012 | 0 Votes
If you get a new boiler, be sure to have a chimney expert check it is the right size for the chimney, even if you stick with oil. If you switch to gas, the chimney will probably have to be resized.
10:01 PM 06/17/2012 | 0 Votes
oil prices went up an average $1 per gallon from 2009 to 2012, gas prices dropped. one gallon of oil contains 140.000 BTU, so 100,000 btu @ 4.00 per gallon costs 2.85, and gas for 100,000 btu cost 1.50. it is $1,35 per 100,000 BTU difference. if house oil bill on is $4,000 a year , it means $1,895 were overpaid due to oil as heating fuel. with todays oil price ( lets not pay attention it is skyrocketing) extra cost for gas boiler would be paid off in a 2,9 years. so $6,500 oil boiler costs today $12,000 already, and cost keeps on rising with acceleration.
10:23 PM 06/17/2012 | 0 Votes
mopar, I don't really see where you are going with that.
10:47 PM 06/17/2012 | 0 Votes
Hi Steam Man -- How are you? You mean the chimney thing?
11:12 AM 06/18/2012 | 0 Votes
No. The chimney advice was good. The post above it sounded like you were advocating keeping oil.
9:59 AM 06/20/2012 | 0 Votes