Small NG heater in the well house. When operating, on occasion get an
odor of gas but have had no success at all in finding source of any leak.
Interesting discovery--installed new pilot and safety control valve last
year owing to two things--old one had a "wild" pilot that is, of course,
inherently unsafe as well as now no longer legal and the final straw was
that the old pilot assembly had eroded to point didn't have good flame.
Anyway, did that last spring after last of cold weather was open.
The new TC works w/ the safety valve now just peachy keen--went out
there the other day after a really windy day (this is SW KS, after all)
and the pilot had been blown out. The safety valve had closed since TC
was cold w/o the pilot light to keep it warm and there was _no_
This pretty much proves that any leak cannot be in the piping up to the
control valve or even as we had thought perhaps in the service line and
coming up through the small hole in the slab where the pump entrance
line from the well to the tank comes through thought perhaps a pinhole
there might let gas migrate along the pipe and follow it up. This
result indicates no leaks there.
So, I relit the pilot and again there is now some small odor -- it's not
terribly strong but nowhere can I find any leak in the connection from
the valve outlet to the pilot/burner...soapy solutions on all the
connections show nothing, getting down on belly and sniffing around can
find no location w/ any stronger odor. Anybody got any ideas as to
how/where this might be traced down????