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Question DetailsAsked on 9/20/2014

massachussetts -gas fitting propane tanks to connection outside house

we converted from a oil furnace to a propane furnace. what is involved with hooking up tanks and cost range. thank you

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Ouch - with the recent price increases and shortages of propane, talk about bad timing.

You need to run propane line from furnace to tank, install a regulator, of course a legal home propane storage tank, and get it inspected and approved before the plumber can hook it to the furnace and energize it.

Cost can vary tremendously - the in-house plumbing/pipe fitting part can run about $250-500 for an easy install straight to the inside, without any messing around routing through interior walls. The tank itself can run from $1000 or so on up to $3000 range depending on size (typically 200-500 gallon depending on your desire, demand, and local limits on size) - plus $250-1000 typically for delivery and installation for above-ground tanks. However, if you rent from the gas delivery company (about 3/4 of people do) then depending on the company and type of contract (monthly or long-term) it can be as cheap as no charge for tankand regulator delivery and hookup.

However, do note that companies typically charge a monthly or annual lease fee, PLUS many charge more for delivery for fuel to leased than customer owned tanks, though this scam is gradually being shut down by state antitrust lawsuits - but charges as high as $2.50/gallon additional to leased tank customers have been reported recently. And, if you have a leased tank, generally you cannot have it filled by anyone else, so you are stuck with whatever fees they charge you. However, the catch 22 is some gas companies refuse to fill customer owned tanks claiming they are unsafe, and there have been reports of gas companies giving fuel priority to leased tank customers, so there are a lot of catch-22's both ways.

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