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Installing heat pump system: Risky for my oil heating pipes to go under-utilized?

fiveightandten Member Posts: 5
I'm installing central air in my house and the cost to upgrade to a heat pump system is only marginal and attractive from a heating cost standpoint.

What is the level of risk to the heating pipes feeding my oil-fired baseboard if I stopped using them as a primary means of heat? Is this even advisable? The HVAC contractors we're getting quotes from say it's fine, but I have some doubt.


  • Hot_water_fan
    Hot_water_fan Member Posts: 1,278
    Those pipes are filled with water, hopefully with minimal oxygen. They’ll be fine, it’s just an extended summer for them. If you want, you can fire it up every few weeks. 
  • bburd
    bburd Member Posts: 647
    Depending on your climate, you will likely want to use the oil fired system in very cold weather. That will keep it exercised.

  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,132
    Make sure you treat your heating oil tank with the proper additives, and try to get non-bio only if possible. The newer fuels just don't sit well like the ole high sulfur heating oil. There's a whole business of fuel polishing by generator companies who's customers have generators that don't run for years (except exercising) that have hundreds of gallons of fuel just sitting there.
  • pecmsg
    pecmsg Member Posts: 3,879
    Where are you located?
    Some jurisdictions require the oil/gas system be removed before you get the rebates.

    HVACNUT Member Posts: 5,026
    Hopefully it's wired with a 2 stage thermostat and changeover is automatic on differential or outdoor temperature.