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Moved into a new place a month ago. When I'm outside and the heat is on I can smell a strong amount of natural gas. I can't smell it inside. It's also near my bedroom outside. My roommate says its no big deal. Thoughts? I gone?
Is the area near the water heater or furnace exhaust?
Yes. I'm on the first floor and both the water heater and furnace are underneath my bedroom.
If its by the exhaust vent and you only smell it when it's on I think you're ok.
But...wtf do I know
Have a mechanical contractor do a combustion analysis of both appliances. A plugged or restricted heat exchanger in the furnace can cause incomplete combustion which would send unburned natural gas out the vent. The water heater is not as likely to have this happen
Call your natural gas provider (Consumers/DTE/SEMCO). They will respond, very quickly, at no cost to you.
You could always light a match to check for a leak.
If you smell any gas at all, then yes, it's a big deal.
Call your natural gas provider immediately. You are not smelling gas (it is odorless). What you are potentially smelling is mercaptan, which is added to gas so leaks can be detected by consumers.
Welllll, did you call? What happened?
This board does make me laugh, people dealing with potential emergencies run to tRCMB for answers.
RCMB, my son is currently playing with sharp knives, do you think this is a healthy hobby? Also, there is a small fire in the corner of the room, how should I put it out? Last, my 12 year old daughter is asking to go out with some 40 year old she met on the webs, what say you??
Does he potentially have a natural gas leak or a mercaptan leak? Jesus Christ, man.
This. And everybody else, consider this thread a PSA. The odorant is added to make detection by the average Joe possible so WHEN you smell it, you can get it taken care of. The technicians performing the inspection have the necessary equipment to sniff the leak out, and they will take care of it for you. If it is a problem with the furnace, like the heat exchanger crack a previous poster mentioned, then you could also have a carbon monoxide problem. Either way, it is serious.
Forbin strikes again!
2) Pee on it
Smoke em if you got em.
To be on the safe side, call your gas provider. I'd be willing to bet, however, that you're smelling the exhaust from the furnace and/or water heater. Mine smells bad but it's different from the rotten egg smell of natural gas.
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
Might as well call the gas co if you're concerned. If only smelling it outside it's probably not urgent. Is the meter in the same vicinity? They sometimes emit some gas.
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Look, We all know you're not a dumb ass, make the damn call. WTF. Please
He lit a match.
If you ever smell it, call your servicer immediately. Period.
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