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Mar 18, 2013 02:24 PM

Gas Odor

We just updated from electric to a gas range. It's a fairly high end Frigidaire, not professional, but a good one. Problem is, my wife insists that she smells gas, usually just after lighting a burner. I can't notice it. This is the first gas appliance we've had in over 40 years. I feel that a tiny hint of gas is normal on ignition. It goes away immediately. I don't want to give up a brand new gas range and buy an electric. Any opinions?
Thank you

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  1. The gas company should come out with a leak detector to check the fittings, if you ask. When you light a burner, there will be a little unburned gas released, but not enough to be a problem.

    1. There is always a brief smell of gas during ignition of my gas burners. Every single time. It's brief and dissapates rapidly. If this is what she is experiencing, then it is normal. If it outside this norm, the gas company will come and check for safety. If you have any doubt, a call to them would be a safe idea.

      1. Terrie and GH gave good advice. If you wife is quite concerned, call the gas company, explain what you have written here and ask them if it's normal. I think it is, but your wife might wish to get that from the gas company. If they wish to come out and check things out, they will. There usually isn't a charge for this service.

        1. Thanks all.

          Gas guy came this morning; suspicions confirmed. No problem. Just new stove smell plus not used to cooking with gas. Maybe this will teach us to use the vent if doing a lot of baking.

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          1. re: SonyBob

            Glad to hear it was nothing. We have a cottage with a propane stove, the first I ever cooked on. I was also freaked out about the smell. I don't get it with the burners but it is really noticable when I turn on the oven. The gas guy said it is normal (he checked it) and that some people, like me, are really sensitive to the smell of the additive.

          2. I smell gas before a burner ignites, and for a few minutes after lighting the stove.