Smelling gas when igniting stove

Old 05-27-02, 09:55 AM
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Question Smelling gas when igniting stove

This may be a silly question but Im not sure who to ask.

We moved into our house about 2 years ago. There is a Caloric gas range (electronic igintion) always clicks 4 times or so, then before the flame starts.

Is it normal to smell gas during that time? IM pregnant and I guess Ive never noticed the smell before...Im wondering if Im smelling it now because of my heightened senses....

I just want make sure everything is ok. It never smells like gas when it is not in just smells when I first ignite this normal?

Thank you.
Old 05-27-02, 11:11 AM
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Hello B Proch and Welcome to our Do It Yourself Web Site and my Gas Appliances forum.

The situation your describing is not all that uncommon. The small amount of gas smell between the time it takes to ignite a top burner from the time the valve is opened is normal.

The tiny amount of gas is not toxic nor harmful. The kitchen area is much too large to cause problems for that tiny amount of gas.

Natural gas does not poison a person. In a large quanity in a closed contained enviroment, it can and will suffocate a person simply because it absorbs the oxygen in an enclosed area.

In the FYI case noted above, only when the air to fuel mixture is between 10% to approzimately 22% can gas explode. Trior to this, suffocation is likely to happen.

Back to your topic question. To help ensure quicker igniton, clean the ignition ports {Tiny Holes} up the sides of the burner heads but do not enlarge them. A pin can be used or a thin piece of wire.

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Regards & Good Luck both with the stove problem and the pregnancy...
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