11:07AM | 03/12/11
Member Since: 07/22/04
628 lifetime posts
" It is pretty sad that the professionals were unable to find the leak"

Almost scary!
Hope you got everything straightened out.


03:19AM | 02/20/12
Member Since: 02/17/12
8 lifetime posts
I am having some problems with the radiators in my house and I wonder if it is the same thing. But that is just me, I am totally lost about these technological and around the house things so I probably will get a contractor to take a look.
Steve -


06:59AM | 04/13/12
Member Since: 01/24/06
1626 lifetime posts
Whenever a water heater is installed the connections should have been tested by the installer

I would say 50% of the time there is a leak normally on the main flame tubing (supply to the burner) or the standing pilot tube which is constantly energized



11:26PM | 02/15/13
Kathy. I have the exact same issue with a Bradford White gass water heater. The leak is coming from the exact same place! Can you tell me which model of UEI sniffer you bought? Was replacing the control pricey? I too have had professionals out to diagnos the problem could be found! Really???? No problem?... Follow your nose guys.... Hope to hear from you soon. Guess I have to take the same route you did.


12:12AM | 01/18/14
Do not rely on the snirffers. They sometimes do not show leaking gas where their is a leak and sometimes show a leak where there is none. Dish soap and water. Make it real soapy(lots of soap bubbles) and dob it on area where leak is suspected. Watch for bubbling. It could take 30 seconds or longer if the leak is real small. It will grow into a larger mound of bubbles indicating a leak.


08:59PM | 11/11/15
We to had one installed and felt tired and dizzy for about 4 weeks. I smelled a tint of gas behind control box and had DTE out twice and they said there was nothing and said the smell was nothing that their detector found nothing. It's been 3 months now with same symptoms. But when I shut it off symptoms were not anywhere near as bad and they come out again and looked at me like I was crazy. Again no detection. Now I've found this.....I'm pissed. My family has now been breathing this for 3 months?!


12:24PM | 01/14/16
In most case, this is a mentally issue and not a hazard issue. I bet someone in here have OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), including me. So, stop sniffing the control box.
In 2014, I smelled some odor behind the Honeywell control box. I called the Gas Company and the guy came out to check. He found a small leak at the manifold using soap. He tight the screw fixed it. Then, he turned off the valve and went to the gas meter checking for leak. He checked the gas meter for 15 minutes and indicated there was no leak. He laughed when I said I put my nose on the box.
After the gas company guy left, I still smelled a faint odor behind the box if I put my nose on it. But I smell nothing if I breath normally at 1 foot away. I did some research and found out that there is a small pin hole on the vent. The pin hole is there for the diaphragm to breath, just like a gas regulator. Honeywell indicates that small amount of odor can be smell at the diaphragm and any leak less than 5cc/hr is not hazard (Honeywell calls it trace leak phenomenon). In fact, the NASI have tolerance on valve leak as well.
The control box is not design to be perfect. So live with it.

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