propane gas odor
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propane gas odor (by DaveS [NY]) Feb 1, 2023 7:45 PM
       propane gas odor (by MikeA [TX]) Feb 1, 2023 10:09 PM
       propane gas odor (by Robert J [CA]) Feb 1, 2023 11:21 PM

propane gas odor (by DaveS [NY]) Posted on: Feb 1, 2023 7:45 PM

Older lady just called and said she can smell propane from her gas stove, she knows how to shut the valve going to the stove off and it stopped the odor. She says no problem for a while cause she can use her microwave.

I'm hooked to natural gas but as I THINK I remember (been a LOT of years) when I was a kid, I think that happened in those days it could mean that we were low on gas. (as I member if your TANK was low you could smell the gas).

After a strangely warm winter so far ,..It has shifted to be very cold just in the last few days and forecast to be bitterly cold in next 3 days . I'm wondering if anyone knows if this could be a factor,.. with cold and less gas pressure.?

She's on the forth floor and two bad legs,.tye gas tank is on the cement pad on the ground floor,..she accesses her unit from a walkway that goes from her apt to a hill and a road on that level so doesn't generally goes down to check. She and I thought that the propane co has her on auto fill,

propane gas odor (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Feb 1, 2023 10:09 PM

Is the stove old enough to have a pilot light? If so, my guess would be that the pilot went out. It could also be that she didn't get the burners turned completely off and gas is still flowing there or that a valve on a burner has gone bad.

I've never heard of smelling gas because it was low and I lived with propane appliances & heat for 25 years. Get one of the gas sniffers (about $35 from HD) and move it around different parts of the stove and you will find the source. This is a significant safety issue with lots of liability, don't allow it to be turned on until it is repaired or replaced.

propane gas odor (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Feb 1, 2023 11:21 PM

A smart landlord will Never rely on a tenants ability to solve a serious problem with a rental. Does not matter that the gas/LPG refill may be a tenants responsibility.

The moment a landlord is informed there is a possible gas leak, you MUST act. Get someone over there ASAP.

I have an apartment building in the City of LA who's owner of the building across the street is a Russian immigrant 80 years old and works on things himself. In Russia they didn't have a local Home Depot or hardware store within 200 miles of a major city. SO the people HAD to fix what ever they had.

So a gas shut off valve to a water heater was sticking. The owner took it apart, cleaned it and replaced it. Since gas is only 1/2 pounds of pressure, he did not replace a retaining washer thinking the nut was large enough to keep it in place.

The valve started to come apart and gas was leaking in an apartment who tenant was at work. From across the street I could smell gas. I called 911 and was on a 5 minute hold. So I cut off all power to that property and turned off the gas. When the tenants came outside or thru the window to scram at me, I told them there was a serious gas leak and they had to evacuate. Of course they whet to turn on light, that if there was power could spark an explosion.

I finally told 911 and the fire department came and evacuated half of the block. The consecration of gas was so great, the building would have been obliterated.

The owner showed up and was furious with me. He could have fixed/replaced the valve why did I call him or cut service. The fire department chief then informed the block that I probably saved a dozen lives with my quick action.

A tenant in the building that didn't put his computer on a surge suppressor, or unplug their computer before resetting the power sued me for the loss of them computer. I counter sued for saving his life.

This was all because an 80 year old man didn't pay $9 for a new gas cock shut off valve and a tenant who didn't pay $7 for a surge suppressor.

With a gas stove, gas water heater, supply lines, valves, pilots, tubing, etc, you never know why or where a gas leak started. A gas smell detector/alert meter costs under $50. Everyone landlord should have one and check out their rental.

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