LPG and natural gas power many household appliances and utilities in Australia, such as water heaters, stovetops, barbecues, and ovens. If you’ve noticed an unpleasant smell emanating from your oven before, during, or after cooking, you might have a gas leak on your hands. Since gas is highly flammable and could be dangerous, it’s important to identify any potential leaks and get oven repairs done if necessary. Read on to find out more.
Even though gas is odourless in its natural form, safety standards in Australia demand that an unpleasant odorant is added to the LPG or natural gas. This is so that we can smell gas leaks when they occur. The odorant is a chemical known as mercaptan, and it smells a lot like rotten eggs.
If you notice the smell of mercaptan in the air, make sure your oven and any other gas-powered appliances are switched off. Check the dials on your oven and move all the dials into the off position if they are not already there. If there is no immediate danger, listen to your oven for a telltale hissing sound that indicates gas is escaping. If your oven contains gas-powered stove burners on top, make sure that all of them are switched off.
Avoid smoking or lighting matches in the house at this time. You should also visit the gas mains box and check the meter. If you notice that the numbers on your gas meter are increasing even though you have no gas appliances in operation, you may be dealing with a gas leak. Call a professional to organise testing and oven repairs if necessary.
Professional Testing for a Gas Leak
There are several methods that appliance repairs specialists use to detect gas leaks. Electronic gas leak detectors consist of an LCD readout screen, a probe attached to a cable and an alarm that sounds when a leak is detected. The detectors can identify a concentration of methane gas from as low as 20 PPM (parts per million).
A basic gas leak test, known as a bubble test, may still be used by professionals: here, a test solution consisting of soap and water is sprayed onto appliances. The solution creates bubbles at the source of a gas leak. This testing method is often used for hard-to-reach places such as pipes, valves, and fittings.
If you notice that your oven is leaking gas, don’t hesitate to call Matic Service for advice and oven repairs. Contact our accredited Sydney repair experts at Matic Service on (02) 9709 6188.