Is the new appliance you purchased a natural gas model? Some natural gas appliances, such as stoves and dryers, can be changed to propane models. You may get assistance with this conversion from a certified appliance repair technician specializing in LP to propane, and that’s where we come in. It is generally wise to switch from natural gas to propane for economic and environmental reasons. The team at Robs Appliance Plus is highly skilled with experience in appliance conversions, so please get in touch with us for a quote.
Understanding Gas Appliance Conversions
Appliance conversion consists of changing burners, gas orifices, and/or appliance regulators to modify an appliance to utilize a different fuel. These gas utilization fittings and internal connections are made to function with a specific gas at a given pressure. Propane has a substantially higher pressure than natural gas, so compensating for the pressure difference is necessary when switching an appliance to one of the two fuels.
In other words, using a natural gas appliance with a propane pipe system can be dangerous and cause the equipment to malfunction. That is due solely to the fact that natural gas service pressure causes natural gas orifices to be larger than propane orifices. In this instance, more gas will pass through the burner and, most likely, more flame—an unnaturally huge flame—due to the greater pressure of gas passing through a larger orifice.
On the other hand, due to the lower pressure gas as well as the smaller orifice, attempting to utilize a propane appliance using natural gas is likely to result in a tiny flame or no burner flame at all. That is the fundamental reason behind converting an appliance from propane to natural gas or vice versa. You can’t switch appliances from using propane to electricity or vice versa.
What’s Involved in Gas Appliance Conversions?
When converting any gas appliance to another fuel, you must replace its appliance regulators, burners, and potentially venting, along with fixed and pilot orifices. Converting appliances is now more challenging and complex than it used to be. Historically, almost all appliances could be switched between natural gas and propane. Still, qualified professionals engineer modern gas appliances to function only with a specifically designated fuel chosen by the manufacturer. In other words, most gas appliances are not designed to be converted or adapted to an alternative fuel; they are specifically created to operate with propane or natural gas.
The “do it yourself” consumers who think that changing out a part or drilling an orifice counts as an appliance conversion has made the conversion of appliances a contentious topic for the propane business. Several additional considerations must be taken into account if an appliance is being converted for use with another gas (natural or LP), including:
- Appliance Regulator: Inlet and delivery pressures have a role in the differences between propane and natural gas appliance regulators. Inappropriate gas appliance regulators would deliver high enough or low pressure for the appliance to operate. It would be comparable to watering plants with a fire hose that has high pressure or watering your lawn with a hose that is the size of a guitar string. Regulators are “hands off” in any portion of a gas system. Therefore, any type should only be changed, converted, or serviced by a licensed professional.
- Appliance Burners: Burner orifices work in tandem with the delivery pressure provided by the regulator and, if not sized properly, can result in incomplete combustion. Burners may cause harm to an appliance once the conversion requires the installation of larger orifices close to the burner.
- Burner Air Shutter: Air and gas are combined here before going into the burner and used to control the flame state. This crucial air/gas mixing device must be of the right kind and be set up appropriately for complete combustion with different kinds of main air shutters.
Why Convert to Propane?
You are making an excellent decision if you consider converting your gas appliance to propane. Propane is an ideal heating and power generation alternative because it burns cleanly and effectively. Check out this LP to propane conversion benefits for your appliances:
- Propane Is Very Versatile: Among the most versatile and multipurpose fuels on the market, propane can be used to power and heat a variety of appliances as well as provide all of the energy needs for your house or place of business. With propane, you can heat your home or business, heat hot water, dry clothing, pool, cook meals, turn on a fireplace, power a generator, light the grill, heat the patio with a space heater, and start the fire pit.
- Propane Is Safe: It may surprise you that propane is one of the safest fuels on the market, mainly because of the stringent rules and regulations upheld by the National Fire Protection Association and the propane industry.
- Propane Is Efficient and Effective: Propane burns hotter than natural gas and electricity, providing more heat for your money while maximizing energy savings. Natural gas and electricity both burn hotter than propane.
- Propane Is Clean: The Environmental Protection Agency classifies propane as a clean-burning alternative fuel because it burns cleanly and emits little pollutants. Propane is also harmless.
Why Choose Us?
Regarding converting your appliances, Robs Appliance Plus understands the importance of safety, efficiency, and reliable performance. Here are some compelling reasons why you should choose us for all your LP to propane conversion needs:
- Expertise and Experience: Our company has a team of highly skilled technicians who have extensive experience in LP to propane conversions. They have the latest knowledge and techniques, ensuring a seamless and efficient conversion process for all your appliances.
- Safety First: Safety is our utmost priority. Our technicians are well-versed in all safety protocols and regulations related to propane conversion. You can trust us to handle your appliances with the utmost care, ensuring that the conversion is carried out safely and effectively.
- Comprehensive Service: At Robs Appliance Plus, we offer a comprehensive range of conversion services for various appliances, including stoves, ovens, grills, and more. No matter the make or model, we have the expertise to convert it to propane seamlessly.
- Competitive Pricing: We offer competitively priced services without compromising on quality. We believe in delivering excellent value for your investment, making us the intelligent choice for LP to propane conversions.
Robs Appliance Plus is your reliable partner for LP to propane conversion services. Call us now.
Here are some frequently asked questions.
How do I know if my appliance is convertible?
Check the product manual or consult the manufacturer to determine if your appliance is designed for conversion and if a conversion kit is available.
How long does it typically take to complete an LP to propane conversion?
The time required for conversion depends on the complexity of the appliance and the availability of conversion kits. Simple conversions may take a few hours, while more intricate ones could take longer.
Can I convert back to the original fuel source if needed?
In some cases, it may be possible to convert back, but it’s crucial to consider the compatibility of the appliance and consult with a professional beforehand.
What if I encounter problems with my converted appliance?
If you experience any issues with your converted appliance, contact us at Robs Appliance Plus, and we will diagnose and resolve the problem safely.
Trust Robs Appliance Plus for Your LP to Propane Conversions
Trust Robs Appliance Plus for Your LP to Propane Conversions and unlock more efficiency, convenience, and cost savings. With our team of highly skilled technicians and years of experience in the industry, we are here to provide our customers with expert assistance for all their appliance repair needs. With our full one year warranty on diagnostics, labor, and most parts plus our 95% first-call complete record, you will be amazed there is at least one company out there that treats you as well as you should be.
If you have any questions or want to know more information, please contact us at (615) 766-4485.
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