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Bolek911
Gas boiler, ok to smell a bit of gas in the air ?

hello, I'm wondering if it's safe to have a faint smell of gas in the basement near the gas boiler?

johnjh2o
Re: Gas boiler, ok to smell a bit of gas in the air ?
Bolek911 wrote:

hello, I'm wondering if it's safe to have a faint smell of gas in the basement near the gas boiler?

A faint smell is a relative term. With gas I would have it checked. Call the gas company the will check it out for you. Better to be safe then sorry.

John

ed21
Re: Gas boiler, ok to smell a bit of gas in the air ?

It could even be a flue issue. Getting carbon monoxide detector would be wise.

dj1
Re: Gas boiler, ok to smell a bit of gas in the air ?

Good answers. let me add: a gas leak, as tiny as it is, is unsafe. You need to have the gas lines, connectors, valves checked and repaired. Never mess with gas.

plumbingjim17
Re: Gas boiler, ok to smell a bit of gas in the air ?

Have it checked out but more than likely is fine boilers usually do have a small smell upon firing the additive in the gas is to help you know there is a leak natural gas doesn't have a smell but It wouldn't hurt to call the gas company to come look at it they may red tag it and shut it off if it does have a problem but its for your safety and should be handled immediately but more than likely is its first firing cycle.

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bconvers9622
Re: Gas boiler, ok to smell a bit of gas in the air ?

In any boiler room, you'll always smell a faint oder of gas due to the confined space. However smelling gas in a full basement where the boiler has lots of air space would be a big red flag. You should be able to tell the difference between full-on natural gas inundation and normal day-to-day firing. Also know that atmospheric combustion boilers may have more of a lingering oder due to lack of forced-draft fan. :)

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