“Should I Convert From Oil to Gas Heating?”

Q&ALong story short: Going gas is cheaper and more reliable than oil for Massachusetts’s homes.

However, you first need to look at the upfront cost of switching to see if it is cost efficient in the long run.

We’ll give you the numbers you need to make a smart, informed decision.

NOTE: First, make sure you CAN convert to gas. You need a gas main under your street to convert to gas. If you don’t have a gas main, you may be able to get one by banding together with your neighbors and making a request to your local utility company.

How much does it cost to convert from oil to gas heating?

It depends on who you ask and your particular situation.

According to CBS Boston, switching to a natural gas forced hot air system can cost between $4,500 and $7,000.

And according to New England Cable News, conversions will run a household $3,500-$10,000.

So you can see a wide swing between $3,500 and $10,000.

The cost varies because of these factors:

If you need a gas line installed from the main line to your home:
New gas line installation can cost about $1,000. But your utility company may do this for free.

The age of your heating system:
“According to NSTAR, if your heating system is over 10 years old, you’ll need a new system. With installation, that can cost you between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on the efficiency of the new heating system.”

If you need a chimney liner installed:
Since moisture in the gas exhaust can harm the lining of your chimney’s masonry, you may have to pay $750 to $2,000 for a chimney liner. The liner won’t be needed if you’re getting a high-efficiency (condensing) furnace.

What incentives you’ll take advantage of:
Check out NSTAR’s list of rebates and credits for switching to gas. These can cut hundreds of dollars off the upfront cost.

How much can converting from oil to gas heating save me each year?

About $1,077 a year.

The New England Cable News reports that “the average household in the Northeast will spend $1,037 for natural gas this winter as opposed to $2,114 for heating oil,” according to forecasts by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Of course, this is just a forecast. Actual savings depends on your usage and the ongoing changes in the cost of natural gas and oil.

There’s also the money you’ll save from lower maintenance costs. By converting to gas you won’t need to change oil filters and nozzles, or get an annual chimney cleaning.

How is gas more convenient and reliable than oil?

Oil needs to be trucked to your home to fill up the oil tank. Those truck deliveries can be delayed due to severe weather conditions and other factors.

On the other hand, gas is piped directly—and conveniently—to your home.

So, should you switch?

Answer these questions:

  • How much would it cost for you to switch? Get a few estimates from HVAC contractors.
  • What incentives can you take advantage of? Use these to subtract from the estimate cost you receive.
  • How long would it take to recoup the cost? If it’s longer than you’re going to be living in your home, converting may not be worth it.

Here’s an example of when you would want to switch to gas.

Let’s say converting to gas costs you $5,000. Assuming you’ll save $1,077 a year, it’ll take less than 5 years to recoup the switching cost.

If you’re going to live your home for the next 10 years, converting to gas makes financial sense.

How to Get Started

So, there you go! Now you have a solid plan for figuring out if you should convert from oil to gas.

Your first step? Get an estimate.

If you live in the Framingham, MA area, Nicholson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning can help with gas line services! If you’re considering making the move from, contact us to get an estimate for converting from oil to gas heating.

Our level of commitment to our customer and superior service is the reason you can find comfort in choosing Nicholson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

Book Online

We Take Pride in Our Work

Read about all the great things our customers have to say about us!
  • Francis from Nicholson Plumbing and Heating was excellent. He was here to evaluate HVAC in our home. He was very patient and answered all my questions. He is also polite and easy to communicate with him. He explained technical concepts to me in layperson terms!

    - Shelley S.

  • Nicholson offered what is possibly the best customer service I have dealt with in a home repair situation.  I called them because I was looking to replace my very old furnace.  They came out to do an initial estimate, and then came back when I had some further questions about my options.  After installing the furnace, they ran into some problems with my air ducts.  This happened on a Friday, and the problem was fixed by Monday afternoon.  In addition to their excellent service, they did quality work at a fair price.  I would recommend them to anyone looking for an HVAC company in the Framingham area!

    - Melissa T.

  • Recently used these guys because my HVAC unit AC wasn’t working (first hot day of summer).  Showed up on time, wore booties, fixed the unit.  During the visit we talked about how my unit was having problems in the winter – which was resulting in NSTAR service calls of maybe 3-4 times per season (I am on a service plan with them).   He was the first guy to tell me WHY the problem was happening, and HOW to fix it.  I find it strange that all of the NSTAR guys etc. no one took time to point out how to fix the source of the problem…Very professional, smart.  I would use them again, and plan to for the fix on my heating unit!

    - Ben J.

Read Our Reviews

We’re Ready to Help!

(508) 881-1500
Call Now

Our Brand Partnerships

Nicholson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning is the best and most reliable source for electrical service. We are proud to be Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Elite Contractors, that have gone through extensive accreditation and training in order to provide proven high-quality service. Get in touch with us whenever you need to have electrical work done in Framingham!

Learn More