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Gas stove (in kitchen) smells strongly of gas if you turn the oven on. I've been told it has always ben this way, but I'm concerned, what's going on?

Asked by mctu (16 points ) December 30th, 2010

We moved into an old house a year ago, and I’ve since stopped using the oven because of the strong gas smell that immediately fills the house whenever I would turn the oven on to cook. The pilot light is lit, and when I asked about this, I was told nothing is wrong. You can also smell it when the whole range is off, and you open and close the refrigerator ( like a vaccuum effect?). I have tried to get help regarding this (we rent ) and I am told that it’s been looked at, etc., and nothing is wrong- But I don’t really believe this, so I could use some solid facts to “plead the issue” to my landlord (who happens to be family-doesn’t make it easier). Anybody know? I DO know that smelling gas is a problem, just can’t seem to get anyone to follow-up. Thank you everyone!

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JLeslie's avatar

Call the gas company.

chyna's avatar

@Jleslie is right. Call the gas company. They will come out and check for leaks at no charge.

AmWiser's avatar

Don’t take someone else’s word that it is okay and has been looked at. You can call the gas company for yourself and get in writing that your appliances have been checked and show no problems or show problems.

mctu's avatar

Thank you- As I said, the house is old, and belongs to family, but I still can’t believe that such a smell would be “normal”.

JLeslie's avatar

Do you have a cat? Sometimes cat litter with cat urine has a very similar smell to what they put into gas to alert people. Still, I would call the gas company.

mctu's avatar

No, I don’t have a cat. It’s definately from the stove- I turned the oven on to pre-heat for a chicken ( as i mentioned, I don’t use it for anything anymore) and went into the other room. Within minutes (less than 5), I was smelling gas. This is why I don’t even bother anymore. But thank you anyway ;)

Math321's avatar

Call someone who works for the gas company, and ask for help with this problem. If you have a friend who works for the gas company, even better.

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