Smell of gas external to Condensing Combi boilers


Hi,
I was working in the garden last week and I could smell gas. It seemed to be coming from the vent of the combi boiler, which was fitted last year. A couple of days ago I could smell gas again, and this time it seemed to be coming from my next door neighbours combi vent. His was fitted only a couple of months ago.
So, assuming I am correctly identifying the source of the smell, is this normal for a combi boiler? Strange that it should happen on 2 of them (different make, different installers)
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Regards,

Simon Mc
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"Simon Mc" wrote:

If these boilers were lit at the time and putting flue gases through the vent I don't see how unlit gas could be the cause of the smell. Have you mistaken the smell of flue gases for the smell of gas? If you did smell gas in the garden it seems more likely that it would be coming from a leak in a gas pipe. The gas pipes would need to be underground in your garden and the gas would have an earthy smell. If you are convinced it was gas causing the smell you should phone the Transco emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.
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It is normal for some unburned gas to be ejected from the flue during the ignition phase. It takes a finite time for the gas/air mixture to reach a combustable ratio and to find the ignition source, and whilst that is happening, the flue will be ejecting unburned gas. Combi boilers in particular have to ignite quickly at high power, and the methods used to do this are more likely to result in unburned gas being released during the fast ignition cycle, so if a hot tap is being turned on and off frequently (e.g. to rinse dishes), then you will have frequent ejections of small amounts of unburned gas.
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