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Question: Does anyone know if you can convert a propane furnace into an electric furnace?


Question by Thanks for the Advice: Does anyone know if you can convert a propane furnace into an electric furnace?
I guy I work with told me that he thought you could, but I had never heard anything like that before. Is it true does anyone know if you can or have you done it? Or is this guy just crazy? Thanks in advance.

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Answer by RED
You could replace the fire box with electrical elements, but it would be cheaper to buy a heat pump. the electric elements heat up and are extremely expensive to run for your main heat source. you could get electrical wall units or baseboards, and keep the gas fired furnace as back up for when it gets really cold. The good thing about a heat pump is that you can use it as an air conditioner also.

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7 Responses to Question: Does anyone know if you can convert a propane furnace into an electric furnace?

  1. rocketman

    Yes you can . Buy a set of heat strips and mount them in the plenum. Mount a electrical disconnect box within 6 feet of heat elements.Install a designated breaker in electric pan ell @ run the power . Change the stat two a two stage stat . Your set.

  2. Willie_the_weasel

    The guy at work don’t know squat! You can’t

  3. justdave689

    it may be possible but why?
    If you think gas is expensive, what till you see the electric bill after you convert. Gas is one of the cheapest ways to heat your home.
    next cheapest, put in a wood burner and buy a chainsaw…. ;-))

  4. Phillip

    good one airwren

  5. airwren

    They make a electric insert that can be installed above the propane furnace. It uses the existing blower in the furnace to draw air past the electric resistance coils. You must use a fossil fuel kit to ensure that the propane burner does not light while the electric heater is on, this could cause a dangerous heat rise in the plenum.

  6. Jack

    NO NO NO

    NO!

    Just because you can does not mean you should.

  7. Propane Guy

    No..it’s not feasible. If you McGyver’d something like that up and burnt your house down, the insurance companies would deny any claims because you have “altered” the appliance…

    You can convert from propane to natural gas usually, with a manufacturer’s certified conversion kit, but that’s all you can do with a propane furnace.

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