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Question DetailsAsked on 11/30/2016

There is a faint gas odor when I turn on the oven, is this normal? Is does dissipate within a few minutes.

Just moved into a rental home.

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There will be a short burst of gas odorant smell when the burner lights, because there is incomplete combustion until the flame establishes itself all around the burner and reaches stable heat. In a water heater or furnace/boiler this is commonly a few second burst of warm air with odorant coming out the draft hood (the open area in the duct at the top of the appliance). In stoves the odorant spreads through the stove to a vent point - for an oven, commonly a back vent near the top rear, or through a grill in the front - usually right above the stovetop at the base of the back panel. If the stove is the type that has a vent duct up the back and out to the roof, you should smell very little if any of the odorant.

Hard to describe what is "normal" and not normal - probably OK, but I would say your best bet is to ask a relative, friend, or neighbor or two who is visiting and has had a gas stove for some time to give their opinion. Basically, a short burst or whiff of odor which is distinct and unpleasant but not overpowering or "very strong" is normal, more than a few seconds of smell generation (though might linger quite a bit longer if there is not good ventilation in the area), or gas odor after the intiial starting puff has dissipated would not be good.

I would say, if you have a vent fan over the stove, turn it on before starting the oven - if you smell the odor other than with your head directly over the stove I would probably recommend having an Appliance Repair - Large repairman look at it, or in some areas gas company will check it out for free. If the odor basically completely drafts away to the fan and can't be smelled unless your nose is over the range, and there is no odor (without the fan going) after the burner has been burning for 20 or more seconds, then I would not be concerned.

Certainly, if there is gas odor (other than if you get your nose right down close to a burner, where the smell will linger for years) when the stove is NOT in use, I would call your gas company to check it out - or of course call the fire department if it is a real strong smell and turn off your gas valve outside if you know how (which you should).

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