Range Repair – Stove Smells Like Gas
There are many advantages to using a gas stove top range. Gas offers precision that is not possible with electric stoves, and unlike a glass top stove, you can safely use cast iron on a gas range. The downside to gas is the increased risk of fire and potential health complications from a gas leak.
Natural gas cannot easily be detected; it has no odor or color. Fortunately, natural gas suppliers add a chemical to make the gas coming into your home smell like rotten eggs. This is a safety feature to help alert you if there is a gas leak.
Warning: Never ignore a potential gas leak. Natural gas is highly flammable, and an uncontrolled leak can cause a fire or explosion. While low levels of natural gas are not harmful to your health, but overexposure can lead to dizziness, headaches, even death.
Smelling Gas When Igniting a Burner
When you turn the knob to ignite your burner, a valve opens and releases a stream of gas. You may smell the stream of gas that escaped before the burner was lit. This is normal and not a cause for concern. The smell should dissipate quickly.
Smelling Gas While Using the Stove
If you continue to smell gas after several minutes, there may be a leak. Do not go on using the stove. Turn off the burner, then turn off the main gas supply. Ventilate the area by opening windows and turning on fans. A professional appliance repair technician will need to check for leaks or loose connections. It Is Fixed offers same day* appointments in Atlanta and the Metro Atlanta area.
Note: If you feel unusually tired, nauseous, dizzy, and have a headache, leave your home immediately and contact your local emergency services.
If You Smell Gas When The Oven Is Not In Use
Gas stoves only release gas when in use, so if you are smelling gas all the time there is a problem.
Possible Cause: Burner Left On
When you turn the knob to ignite your burner, a valve opens and releases a stream of gas. If the gas is not lit, gas will continue to leak into the air. If you smell gas, first check the knobs to ensure the burner is off.
Tip: Gas knob covers can help prevent accidental knob turns.
Possible Cause: Gas Leak
Gas leaks should always be taken seriously. If your gas stove has a potential leak, it will need to be repaired immediately. Do not attempt to repair the appliance yourself. Open windows and doors to ventilate the area. Contact an appliance repair service like It Is Fixed to find and fix the leak. If you feel weak, sick, or have a headache, leave your home immediately, and contact your local emergency services.
Read our Gas Safety Tips for more information.