Appliances are expensive, so many people ask whether they can opt for conversion to gas rather than replacing the appliances outright.
If you are thinking of converting your propane gas appliances to natural gas, or vice versa, you need to know which appliances can be converted, and which can’t. However, with so many makes and models around, there’s no simple list to refer to.
The short answer is that some gas appliances can be converted, but some can’t. Although gas conversion kits are designed specifically for gas to gas conversion, it’s a process that must be done by an experienced and licenced gas professional. It can be dangerous – both the process and afterwards if the conversion is not done properly with the correct parts. If it can be done, you can convert stoves, fridges and geysers.
Some appliances that technically can be converted are better replaced with a new appliance, as appliance conversion from one gas to another gas is not always the most economical solution.
Gas is especially economical these days, as even those that do not rely on manual flame ignition, and use electricity to ignite the gas, use far less than an electrical appliance. Gas appliances are also more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. These factors prompt many people to look at converting their domestic and commercial electrical kitchens to gas kitchens – either natural gas or propane (LP) gas.
Because newer gas stoves are wired to use electricity to ignite the gas, it’s a fairly simple matter of rewiring the existing circuit in your kitchen to the requirements of a gas stove and installing a gas line. However, the stove itself must be replaced with a gas stove. The same applies to other appliances such as fridges and geysers. You cannot, or cannot safely, convert electrical appliances to gas.