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Can gas furnaces leak?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
There is this propane type smell in my laundry room where the furnace is..can they leak?
post #2 of 22
YES!!!!! How strong is the smell?? Call the landlord!
post #3 of 22
yes maam, I'd call the gas company if I were you, just to be on the safe side.
post #4 of 22
Call the gas company. Here they have an emergency number to call if you smell gas.

I had to call once and they told me to go outside and wait. They came almost immediately.

Don’t mess around be safe!
post #5 of 22
YES!!!! Contact your landlord and the gas company, and get yourselves and the furbabies out of there! Even if it means loading everybody into the car!
post #6 of 22
Uh, yes! Go outside and call on your cell. And keep Trout outta there for now.
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
Kay, thanks, I am calling now! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!! What if the fumes kill us???
post #8 of 22
The fumes will make you sleep, the explosion will be what is dangerous. Just open a window, and turn on the kitchen exhaust fan. Make sure you don't turn on any appliances, or lite candles.
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
omg I all scared now...what if we blow up? The landlord said we have a carbon monoxide detector so that would detect gas.....what if she doesn't DO ANYTHING?!?!!!
post #10 of 22
Carbon monoxide detectors are for carbon monoxide not gas! Don’t rely on the landlord call the gas company! Or if you are really scared call the fire department!

Now you are getting me worried!
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
Well they came down to take a whiff, and I guess they are using varathane upstairs to strip something...so it must be that they said. Gas smells different I guess..

Do me a favour though, If I suddenly disappear..you guys need to find my sister so she can sue my landlord for killing me and Trout kay?
post #12 of 22
Geez Nat...Scary..Way to be on top of things though
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
Well they came down to take a whiff, and I guess they are using varathane upstairs to strip something...so it must be that they said. Gas smells different I guess..

Do me a favour though, If I suddenly disappear..you guys need to find my sister so she can sue my landlord for killing me and Trout kay?
Hopefully it won't come to that! Have you PM'd contact info, though? (Just kidding!)
post #14 of 22
Propane normally smells like hard boiled eggs. But good you were noticing things like that. Never can be too careful.
post #15 of 22
Nat...maybe you should crack a window to let some fresh air in just in case!
post #16 of 22
What next!! Did she ever fix that leaky ceiling?
post #17 of 22
Natalie....for future reference.....if you ever think you smell gas, you can put some soapy water in a squirt bottle and spray the pipes/valves. If you get bubbles, you have a leak.
post #18 of 22
If I might be so bold.....please, if you ever smell gas, get yourself and your kitties out of the house, then call the gas company.

Many people have realized that they had a leak on their way to heaven as their house exploded. Please, do not be one of them. Get out.....then call....if you have no cell phone, have a neighbor call.
post #19 of 22
I agree with everyone else. The gas company would WAY rather have come out there and said "Oh, no, no leak" than have you explode.

There was a gas leak in one of the restaurants near my work, and they closed off several city blocks including the busiest street in town, and had ambulances and fire trucks and police... it's no joke. Gas leaks are extremely dangerous.
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
I agree with everyone else. The gas company would WAY rather have come out there and said "Oh, no, no leak" than have you explode.

There was a gas leak in one of the restaurants near my work, and they closed off several city blocks including the busiest street in town, and had ambulances and fire trucks and police... it's no joke. Gas leaks are extremely dangerous.
Our school (and every other building for blocks) was evacuated a few months ago because of a gas leak across the street. Even turning on a light switch or ringing a door bell can cause an explosion if enough gas has escaped.
post #21 of 22
Gosh you scared me, Nat! I agree - gas is nothing to mess around with. If you even suspect that you have a leak, you get yourself and Trout out and then call. The smell that they add to it is like rotten eggs, so unmistakable if you ever smell it once. Gas companies would rather that you be safe than sorry. We have a gas furnace here, and a couple of years ago when they were doing it's annual inspection, the serviceman said that he thought we had a crack in the firebox. Not a worry, he said, just keep an eye on it and think about replacement soon. He was very unprofessional the whole time he was here. I asked hubby what he said after he left (they were down in the basement) - he told me and I had a fit. We called a local gas furnace company and they sent two trucks out (this was in the evening by now) right away and inspected the furnace from top to bottom with scopes inside etd. They said no cracks, they saw a mark from the welding during manufacture that they thought he could have been referring to . Anyway, they said that if the serviceman suspected a crack, he should have shut the furnace down right away and that what he did was illegal. We complained to the company and my FIL who knows the owner complained to his friend - long story short, the serviceman was fired for negligence. We could have been killed if there actually had been a crack. The company that came out and scoped our furnace was wonderful - they were prepared to pull a furnace off another job that wasn't urgent to install that night if necessary (it ws 30 below outside so heat was vital). Anyway, that's my nightmare with a gas furnace. Oh - BTW - we ended up replacing the furnace anyway, but didn't have to do it that night on an emergency basis (did it a number of months later). I just didn't trust it after that and it was 16 years old and only a mid-efficiency so went with a high. You can't mess around with that stuff.
post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 
Well, it doesn't smell at all back there anymore, so I think it was just that varathane smell coming down from my landlords place.

Thanks for all the replies guys
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