The area I live in now has natural gas available. I have a Furnace which is Armstrong Air that was originally natural then converted to LP, manifold pressures for LP and natural listed in manual. A water heater that is a Rheem LP model, the owners manual says you can't convert gas types. And a Lennox fireplace that has a conversion kit installed.
My question is this. There are 2 local contractors that have teamed up with the gas company to convert appliances. They are charging $130 per appliance. This seems pretty high to me. From what I've been told the burner orifices need to be changed and the manifold pressure needs to be adjusted down. I have access to a manometer and feel confident I could do the job with the right parts. However I have no idea what to get, where would I find the right size orifices? I could contact the manufacturers and get the parts from them however I'm not going to be able to do this with the water heater.
Now the other side of the thinking. Let me first say that as of January of this year I have switched trades and am now an electrical apprentice. The first thing that comes to mind is LIABILITY, this is huge in my trade and I would assume the same in HVAC. The water heater says it can NOT be converted this is obviously the MFG way of washing their hands of any liability. Now if I do this myself and say something does go wrong I would be liable? Perhaps I'm thinking too much but it is almost $400 that I really don't have right now.
I would like your professional opinion on this and what would you do if you were in my situation.