The gas company came out and checked for a gas leak because me and my husband
smelled gas. They said there was no gas leak and its normal to smell gas when
the water heater kicks on. I'm still paranoid about it because I looked it up
and every post I've seen said you should never smell gas coming from your water
You should not smell gas.
Probably the only reason the "gas guy" who came out and told you that
has his job is because he's some department manager's wife's nephew.
I'd call the gas company back and ask for a supervisor to come out and
If they won't, call the CEO's office and tell them they have four hours
to show up before you call the local TV station's Consumer Action Reporter.
Don't cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time or money
He who is Wade Garrett said on Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:49:15 -0400:
Let's use Occam's Razor on that logic.
What's more likely:
a. The gas guy knows what he's doing, and, he tried to tell the lady there
isn't any problem, or, ....
b. The gas guy is covering up a leak because he's somehow "in it" with the
top dogs at the gas company.
Occam's Razor tells us the logic is more likely "a" than "b".
Could it be "b". Sure.
Is it likely to be "b"?
On Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8:51:43 AM UTC-4, harry newton wrote:
Key here would be if there is no smell before the WH fires and then only
a slight whiff when it does. If that's all it is, the gas guy is likely
correct. If it can be smelled any time, even when it hasn't fired, then
it's a leak. I'd also check the vent for proper draft, make sure it's
not blocked, etc.
He who is trader_4 said on Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:08:00 -0700 (PDT):
I sit at my computer so I can only use logic.
Who is more likely to be correct?
a. Homeowner who smells gas
b. Utility guy who is called by homeowner to check for a leak
I do agree that a "whiff" can be different than a real leak.
So my advice to the homeowner is to call the utility again.
It's less likely two utility guys are related to the utility owner such
that they'd give a false report on leaks to all homeowners. :)
On Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 11:25:07 AM UTC-4, harry newton wrote:
Since you're evaluating logic and probabililities, they can both be right.
And the gas company guy apparently agreed.
What I can tell you is that in decades of my experience, I've never
had a water heater where you smelled gas. And if you do, it would seem
that it would result in lots of false alarms to the gas company, fire
company etc. As well as defeat the whole purpose of putting the smell
in there. If you get used to smelling it, what happens when there is
a real leak?
It isn't that unusual that there is just a whiff of the odorant not
fully burnt when the burner first ignites.
The odor isn't gas; the test "sniffer" they use is quite sensitive and
if it didn't indicate the presence of gas you can be comfortable there
isn't a leak...
He who is dpb said on Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:54:31 -0500:
I was going to mention that some people are super sensitive who can
supposedly "smell" when the gas is low, simply because the oderant gets
concentrated due to its properties when your gas supply is low.
That only works for those with external tanks though, and not for those
with a permanent connection to the gas line.
Exactly my point. The gas guy is trained to sniff stuff out. If he doesn't
sniff stuff, then at that point, there's no leak. If the homeowner *still*
thinks there is a leak, then all the normal options apply.
1. The possibility exists that the owner was wrong
2. The possibility exists that the gas guy was wrong
The simplest solution, logically, is to call the gas company again and get
a *different* guy.
They can't all be the nephew of the owner's brother...
If you are a liberal DemocRAT, it is perfectly normal. When you smell
this, simply light up a cigarette, cigar, or pipe to dispell the odour.
If you are a conservative or libertarian it would be best to call in
a qualified technician to check it out and repair or replace the water
Roger Blake (Posts from Google Groups killfiled due to excess spam.)
replying to Dlyons09, Iggy wrote:
The gas guy's wrong and a liar and every other post you read is absolutely
right. Any initial puff of unburned gas should not exist in any circumstance,
there's either a Pilot Light or an Ignition Hot Plate that are burning before
any gas is introduced. Even if there was a malfunction, the exhaust flue should
and must have been confirmed to have sufficient draw to evacuate it. Get an HVAC
guy or company out to assess and fix the situation and ensure everything's
Natural gas or propane??
I was ready to start tearing apart my 'park model' forced-air heater
(Suburban P40) fer fear of a leak, when my propane 'guy' sed, "It's
not a leak! It's jes that yer propane tank was bumping 'zero' and you
will always smell more 'Mercaptans' from yer system, than when yer
propane tank is full".
NOTE: propane mercaptans smell different than natural gas mercaptans.
First time I smelled propane mercaptans, I thought my dementia mom had
left a whole chicken to rot, somewhere in the room. Turns out she's
left a propane burner on! Double "Yikes"!!
Turns out my propane guy was correct, as he filled my 250 gal propane
tank and the heavy 'Mercaptan' smell from my forced-air furnace
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