You should never smell gas in your home. If you smell even a hint of it, you need to immediately follow these four steps.
Open Your Windows
Even if it’s cold outside, get several windows open a couple inches. This will allow fresh air to come in and the gas to flow out.
Call Your Utility Company
The second thing you should do is call your local utility company. In our area, that’s PECO. They will immediately dispatch a gas technician to your home. They have the tools required to test for gas leaks and make sure your house is safe. After locating the leak, they will turn off any valves required to make sure gas is not flowing through your home.
Shut Off the Furnace
The next thing you should do is shut off the furnace. There’s either a switch at the top of the steps, on the side of the furnace, or in your breaker panel. Switch one, if not all of them, into the off position. If the furnace is leaking gas internally, shutting off these switches will stop any electricity from flowing to the system.
Once you’ve done the above three things, then you should call us so we can help. We’ll make sure you’ve completed the first steps, ask you a few questions to make sure you’re safe, and then schedule a technician to come to your home.
It’s always good to have an annual tune-up on your system to make sure things are working properly. Our technicians are trained to immediately take care of any potential gas leaks in your home. Call us at 610-444-3333.