What's That Smell? 3 Steps To Take When You Smell Gas From Your Heater

If you're smelling gas when you turn your heater on, you need to do a quick check to determine if the situation requires immediate attention. Walk through the house. If you can smell the gas odor in each room of your home, or the odor is so strong that it's making you sick, you need to leave immediately and call the gas company. Don't bother trying to troubleshoot the problem. If, however, you don't smell the gas odor throughout the house, or you're only smelling it intermittently, you can try and troubleshoot the problem. Here are three steps you should take if you smell gas when you turn your heater on.

Rule Out Everything Else

If you smell gas in your home, you need to make sure it's coming from your heater. The first thing you should do is rule out everything else. Take a look around your home. If you have a gas stove, check the burners to ensure that they haven't been left in the on position. If you find one that's been left in the on position, turn it to the off position. If you still smell the odor, continue with the walk through of your home. You'll also want to check the propane valve on your gas BBQ, if you have one. Once you've ruled everything else out, it's time to assume you have a gas problem with your heater.

Turn Your Gas Off at the Meter

You're going to want to turn your gas off. This is a simple process that can save you time and prevent disasters. Your gas meter will be located outside near your home. Once you've located the gas meter, you'll need to use a wrench to turn the gas off. Here's a video to help you with the process.

Call the Heater Repair Technician

Once you have the gas turned off to your home and you've ensured that you and your family are safe, call the heater repair technician. They'll be able to identify the source of the gas and get your heater repaired for you. The gas odor could be coming from a damaged thermocouple. The thermocouple is designed to control the flow of gas through your heater. Be sure to let them know that you've turned the gas off to the house.

If you smell gas when you turn your heater on, make sure it's not an emergency situation. If it's not, take a few minutes to identify the problem. Use the steps provided here to help keep you safe when you smell gas.

For more information and assistance with repairs, contact a local heating repair service, such as Mitchell Plumbing & Heating Inc.