When your water heater runs on gas, there is always a small chance that it develops a gas leak. While rare, gas leaks are serious. So, everyone who has a gas water heater should be aware of the signs of a gas leak so that they can get help if they need to. Here are five signs of a water heater gas leak.
1. The Smell of Gas
Gas smells like rotten eggs or hydrogen sulfide. This isn’t a natural smell, but one that gas companies add to their product so that it is easier for people to identify gas leaks. So, if you smell rotten eggs and don’t have an egg hidden out of sight somewhere, there is a gas leak in your home.
Is it not quite like rotten eggs? Other smells may also signal a different kind of problem with your water heater. For example, a burning smell may indicate an electrical problem or just a hazardous level of dust build-up.
2. Hissing Sound
Sometimes when a small amount of gas escapes the water heater it makes a hissing noise because it is escaping a high-pressure environment. Other sounds may also indicate that there is a different kind of problem with your water heater.
3. Dead House Plants
This is a rare sign, but knowing about it just might help you. When plants are exposed to natural gas they may wither and die. If you keep plants near your water heater and they’ve died, you might want to look into the possibility of a gas leak.