Smell by gas control knob


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Old 12-31-08, 08:38 AM
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Smell by gas control knob

I recently installed a new GE 40 gallon gas water heater. I noticed a very faint smell coming from around the gas control knob/pilot ignitor on the thermostat. The only way I can notice the smell is if I put my nose right up against the control knob/pilot ignitor. I had a plumber and my local gas company check for leaks and neither of them found any.

Would anyone know what the smell would is? Is it something I should be concerned about? It almost smells like gas but since there are no gas leaks, Iím not sure what it would be.

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Old 01-01-09, 05:07 AM
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The sniffers that the gas company uses are far more accurate than the human nose, so I suspect things are OK. What you may smell is the pipe dope used to seal the pipe threads.
 
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Old 01-01-09, 06:37 AM
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How long would it take for the pipe dope to dry? The water heater was installed on 12/11.

I'm pretty sure that it's not gas that I'm smelling but I don't know what it would be?

Thanks for the help!
 
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Old 01-01-09, 11:03 PM
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You have a trivial odor that is not a hazard as determined by a skilled tradesman using suitable testing equipment.

I might add I used to inspect for gas leaks when I worked for a gas utility.

My suggestion: quit worrying yourself about this.
 
 

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