Im looking for advice on whether to convert my existing Thermopride oil furnace to natural gas, or keep the system as is using oil.
Original 550-gallon underground oil tank from 1947 (insured) will be removed this spring.
Thermopride OL-105 with Beckett burner was installed September 2003, replacing the original oil furnace from 1947. Current efficiency is 85.25%.
Since the underground tank needs to be removed, Im considering converting the Thermopride to natural gas. I have been receiving estimates to:
1) remove the underground tank and switch out the oil burner for a natural gas burner in the Thermopride;
2) remove the underground tank and replace with an indoor Roth tank.
According to Thermopride, the gas burner (a Wayne Combustion P250 burner) will get from 78-80% efficiency in the OL-105.
What Im seeing based on the estimates is that it will cost about the same to switch to a gas burner as it will to install a new indoor oil tank, so price is a moot point.
Im wondering if anyone has experience with this kind of conversion in a Thermopride and what the results were? Is the burner loud? Is this a good idea? Ive found some fuel price calculators online and current fuel costs even with the efficiency differences is around the same.
Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.