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Old 02-08-2010, 06:35 PM
 
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im buying a home for the first time. the house has oil heat. i would prefer gas heat. im told that gas companies pay for the conversion is this true? has anyone done this conversion and what is the cost ?
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Kings Park & Jamesport
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No they do not pay for it....they will provide gas service to your house for no charge for up to 75 feet of gas pipe. They will give you a discounted boiler and you pay for the rest......out of pocket should be $5000-$7000 for a good system.
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:54 PM
 
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do the gas companies do the entire job? how long does it usually take? thanks
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Pompey, NY
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The gas company has a list of "qualified" contractors that do the actual installation. I urge you to check up on anyone doing work on gas in your house. We did a changeover about 5 years ago, using a firm recommended by Keyspan. I had to call them back twice, once to have them support the gas pipes they installed as a good whack would have caused a leak, and a second time to fix TWO leaks in the pipes they installed. That said, gas is a great way to heat, just do your homework first.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Town of Huntington, NY
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Our local gas company, National Grid, (in Nassau/Suffolk County) will pay for the first 100 ft (used to be 75 ft) and they quote that currently it costs about $75 for each additional foot. And yes, they do recommend plumbers, but as was stated, always do your homework.
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Old 02-09-2010, 04:16 AM
 
Location: Kings Park & Jamesport
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THey have a list of plumbers but you can use anyone you want as long as they are a master plumber.

Look at Elke......knowing the updates!
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Old 02-09-2010, 05:26 AM
 
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we wanted to covert to gas when we moved into this house-the problem for us was that the closest house with gas was the house in a court behind us-we would have had to pay for the lines to be run b/c they were a certain distance away-even though i can practically see the house, the lines have to be run by way of roads and it would have been a fortune b/c they charge by the foot-

just make sure it is in your area or national grid is willing to run the line no charge-they werent for us-1st time with oil and its ok although i miss a flame on my stove-
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:08 AM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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I think the OP may mean if Keyspan is offering incentives, and this is true - but you must as previous posters have pointed out, have gas already in the house. We used the incentive when we switched 10 years ago. I think we had a choice of incentives and we took the $500 rebate which was the best deal at the time. I think now they are offering a free boiler which is excellent. Personally I'd rather have my choice of installer.

If you need a good plumber in western Nassau I can recommend one.
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:26 AM
 
Location: In my house
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They had a much better deal about 10 years ago.
Free burner, and for a short time were throwing in a free hot water heater.
I nearly went for it but chickened out.
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:29 AM
 
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Call them to see if they have gas on "your" street first. I know other houses in my zip code that have gas, but the closest gas line to my house was on the main road about 4 blocks away. No good.
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