Natural gas smell lingering after stove valve shut off

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Old 07-26-15, 07:39 PM
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Question Natural gas smell lingering after stove valve shut off

I just shut off what I'm pretty sure is the old brass gas shut off valve to an old Amana stove with a pilot light. I did this due to noticing a slight smell of gas coming from where the valve is. Now that I have shut it off I noticed the smell increased a little. Is this normal right after shut off? I have the windows open right now. Any insight is appreciated. Thank you.
 
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Old 07-26-15, 07:45 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

I have noticed old valves to leak a little a little gas when turned off.
Are you in the process of replacing the valve ?

I have an old furnace valve that has smelled like gas for years. It's such a small amount that it doesn't present a problem.
 
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Old 07-26-15, 07:50 PM
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Yes, I am looking into it but at this time I shut it off as a temporary solution while I get the ball rolling on fixing it tomorrow. So could it still be leaking? Should I have left it on?
 
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Old 07-26-15, 07:56 PM
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As long as the stove is not the problem..... leave the valve in the position where it smells the least.

When you make the valve replacement you'll need to shut the main valve off near the meter.
Remember you'll need to relight any needed pilot lights.
 
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You probably have what is known as a plugcock, what Mike (Lawrosa, our resident plumber) calls a "grease valve" because the seal is secured by grease on the tapered plug in the valve. You can try tightening the hex nut on the side opposite the handle to draw the plug tighter into the valve body. Don't use gorilla strength or you might snap off the threads and they you would be in a world of hurt.
 
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Thank you for all your help
 
 

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