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What could be causing an orange flame on all appliances?

I have an orange flame in all my gas appliances (gas furnace, gas water heater, and gas stove) and cannot seem to determine the cause. Background So far, I have had the gas company come out. I had ...
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Why is a gas furnace vented but a gas dryer is not?

I live in a house in Ohio and I have four appliances powered by natural gas: furnace, water heater, dryer, and kitchen range. Of these, only the furnace and water heater are vented to the outside of ...
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How can I eliminate the smell of gas and smoke when burning my new gas fireplace?

Yet another question in my long running series of new house questions. I closed recently on a newly constructed house and in my final walk through with the project manager he demonstrated how the gas ...
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Is a special outlet or wiring needed when replacing an electrical outlet under a gas fireplace.?

The outlet under our gas fireplace that runs the blower fan has a short in it, and needs to be replaced. I have replaced a few standard wall outlets and was thinking of doing this one myself too, but ...
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What kind of wall switch is needed for a natural gas fireplace to ignite consistently?

When we moved in, our natural gas fireplace worked well: Flick the switch & it would ignite. Years later, it started acting erratically: Sometimes, the switch worked, other times, no luck. We'd ...
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Is flexible gas pipe safe to use for main or long runs?

The house we purchased is a "tear-down". A builder bought the older structure, partially tore it down and built a bigger house on the old footprint. A lot of the original gas piping is still in the ...
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Why would all pizeoelectric plugs spark when igniting just one gas stove burner?

When trying to ignite a single burner on a 2012 model gas stove, all 5 of the piezoelectric plugs start to spark. Once the chosen burner lights and I adjust the flame all the plugs stop sparking. ...
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Gas stove whines/hums - is this a safety concern?

I am located in the United States and have a natural gas (not LP) range in my kitchen fed by a natural gas utility. Sometimes when I turn on my range, the appliance makes a whining or humming noise. ...
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How to support outdoor gas pipe?

I'm planning on installing a natural gas pool heater. I want to have a 1-1/4" black iron pipe exit the house where it will run for about 5ft to the heater which will then be reduced to 3/4". I don't ...
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Can I tap into this main gas line for my natural gas grill?

see below... This is my main gas line coming into my home(after the meter of course) My question: Can I replace the street elbow here with a T and use the extra output as the source my natural gas ...
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Why do the oven and burners work but the pilot light won't ignite?

Texas Gas Service turned off our gas for the weekend. We just got it turned back on, and the stove and oven will both light -- but the pilot lights won't. They worked fine before Friday. Obviously ...
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Can I drive a ground rod near a gas meter?

I am redoing the electrical in my 1940s house. The house has no grounding electrodes but the meter and panel are grounded to my water pipe outside in the front of the house. (This actually looks like ...
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Furnace: are flames in between the tubes bad?

In a Carrier Weathermaker 8000 gas furnace, is it normal for some of the flames to be coming out of the spacers in between the tubes? It seems like they shouldn't be there, since they aren't going ...
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oven repair, is it possible the gas line is clogged?

Mistaking a broiler for a storage drawer below the oven, my friend placed a single medium size piece of tupperware inside the broiler. Naturally it was lit on fire, and a lot of soot (and fire ...
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Why is my furnace blowing cold air?

My HEIL 7000 natural gas furnace has stopped working what are the most likely causes, and how to verify faulty parts? Normal operation routine Thermostat sends "need heat" signal. Exhaust blower ...
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What materials are fake coals for gas fireplaces made of?

My new gas fireplace looks remarkably realistic! I'm curious what the "glowing embers" are made of. I have found replacement sets, but I've been having a hard time figuring out what materials ...
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Why does my gas water heater's pilot light go out when I replace the outer door?

I have a 9 year old Bradford White gas water heater, model MI403S6FBN4. The pilot light went out today, and when I went to re-light it, it stays lit while the pilot button is held down, and it stays ...
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Tankless water heater requirements

I'm looking at the possibilities of replacing my water heater. Currently we have an electric, 2 element, 50 gallon tank heater that is 32 years old and almost ready to go. The water can sometimes come ...
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How to replace siding through gas pipes

I am looking for the easiest, fastest way to replace siding in a wall where the outside gas pipe is coming into the home. My assumption is that I'll need to turn off the gas, replace the pipe, ...
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Converting from Oil to Gas heat. Any recommendations?

I've received news that I'll need to get a new boiler. My wife and I want to take this opportunity to switch to natural gas from oil. I'm a technical guy, but I'm having trouble deciphering the power ...
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What alternatives are there to a gas boiler for private house?

I am looking for gas boiler alternatives for private house. At this moment I have found solid fuel boiler as replacement of gas one. Could someone suggest any alternative to gas technology or other ...
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Protecting CSST Through Studs - Are there no off-the-shelf solutions?

I am having a hard time meeting the protection requirements outlined in the manufacturer's specifications. I'm installing HomeFlex CSST in California - California's plumbing code defers to the ...
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How should I protect a gas line in a closet?

What is the best way to protect and hide a gas line that runs along the side wall of an open (no door) closet? It sits about 2” off the ground and is 1” away from the wall. Since it’s an open closet I ...
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What is causing my gas water heater to squeal?

I have a gas water heater. Starting yesterday, when the flame is on, the unit makes a squealing noise of moderate volume. The noise stops immediately when the flame turns off. This means it is not ...
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Can a thermocouple be partially bad?

My hot water tank pilot light would go out. I could relight it and the burner would come on and heat up the water tank, but then later on, I would find there was no hot water again and find that the ...
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Will a gas line for my grill be buried?

I have natural gas coming into the side of my house from an underground pipe. I am considering (hiring it out to a licensed pro, of course) running a line from the meter on the side to the back of my ...
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How do I convert an old model propane fireplace to natural gas?

I installed a propane direct vent fireplace bought from Security Chimney International about 12 years ago. I now want to convert it to natural gas. I have phoned the company and they told me that ...
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Can buried gas pipe conduct flame between two structures?

If my detached garage has natural gas connection to the house via a buried black pipe and if the house got caught on fire, can that pipe, say 25' in length, conduct the flame to the garage so that it ...
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how do I increase natural gas pressure on outdoor fireplace

I just built an outdoor natural gas fireplace. After construction I found that the flame gave off hardly any heat. After checking the gas pressure I found that I have less that 1 pound of pressure ...
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gas line location for natural gas clothes dryer

In the US, what are the usual code requirements governing where you can put a gas clothes dryer relative to the gas line, and governing length and clearance for the flexible gas line between wall and ...
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How to read the gas meter?

We have a gas meter similar to the one pictured below. I've not seen one of these before and can't find anything on reading them. The reason I'm asking is because it must not be as simple as just ...
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Can natural gas go stale in the pipe?

Any natural gas experts out there? Any time I am away from home for two days or longer, my stove takes 30 seconds to light. After that it works fine day after day after day! Another similar problem ...
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Newly installed water heater with faint gas smell

Installed a new water heater last night (Rheem Performance Plus Model #XG50T09HE40U0). All went well with installation (including gas line bubble test), but this morning I could detect a faint smell ...
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Suspect water heater is using too much gas

Not sure if this sounds reasonable, but I think the 8 year old gas water heater in the place I just moved into last month is using more gas than it should be. Gas meter recorded 50 therms used last ...
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Hearing hum near natural gas gauge, should I be concerned – Pic Attached

I have been living in my home for over 10 years and it is heated by natural gas. Over the last few weeks I have occasionally been hearing a sometimes loud hum from near our external gas gauge. I have ...
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Have these cuts for a gas line structurally compromised my studs?

We are in the midst of a kitchen remodel and yesterday had someone come and run a new gas line as we are making the switch from an electric to a gas range. This fellow is a well rated pro but I'm ...
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Replacing water heater gas control valve

First let me summarize my questions, then provide detail: Summary: Can a newer gas control valve be installed on an older water heater? As an individual who has never attempted something like this ...
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Can I rely on a simple gas valve to shut off the gas?

I have a gas pipe with a simple turn shut-off valve in line on the pipe feeding the section I need to work on. Is shutting it off there sufficient enough to do the work I need to do, or do I need to ...
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Gas Regulator Replacement

We had our gas company come and or utility room for gas leaks and recommended that I have the gas regulator replaced. I matched up the numbers and ordered it and would like to replace it. Is there ...
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How do I diagnose a thermostat and HVAC that intermittently doesn't respond?

My gas heater for the whole house does not follow the thermostat settings on some mornings. I have set it to 70 degrees at 6 am but now it is still 60 at 8 am. This happens weekly once or so and seems ...
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Sidewall venting for natural gas appliance

My natural gas hot water tank still uses black (ABS) plastic vents. Due to a building code change, these need to be replaced with System 636 pipes. The current abs plastic pipes go to the roof. I ...
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Very low pressure at the end of natural gas pipe

In our new house, I found a 1/2 inch natural gas copper pipe that runs all the way from the basement to the second floor, into a small room that used to be a kitchen years ago. The line is around 80 ...
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Test gas cooktop without a gas line?

I've found a great deal on a used cooktop. We're eventually going to remodel the kitchen so have been collecting things as we go along. The catch is that this cooktop is for natural gas, and we have ...
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What dangers are associated with changing the pilot light assembly on a gas water heater?

My A O Smith ProMax gas water heater started going out at various intervals. I would re-light it and it might stay lit for a few minutes, few hours, or even a day or so. I figured it was the ...
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Why won't this 3/8 male connector for a natural gas dryer fit a 3/8 female connector?

First off, I changed the Natural Gas orifice to a factory ordered LP orifice, I am not just trying to hook up a LP line to a natural gas dryer without setting the dryer up correctly for LP. My ...
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Is 94 cubic feet/hour of natural gas a heavy load?

Is natural gas fuel consumption of 94 cubic ft/hr a high or low consumption? (How does it compare to a stove, oven or clothes dryer?) I am trying to figure out if I can run a small standby generator ...
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PVC vent pipes or concentric vent pipes for tankless gas water heater?

I am trying to select a natural gas water heater to install into my house. It has to service two bathrooms with showers and two kitchen sinks, a dishwasher, and a washing machine. I've narrowed my ...
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Very old, Coleman, through the wall (double sided) mounted gas heater not working

My home was built in 1957, I had a new heat pump system put in (which I now hate) 7 years ago. It works fine in the summer, but in winter it doesn't heat the house very well. At the time, I kept the ...
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What casues the chirping sound coming from my 250 natural gas meter?

When gas is flowing through the meter, I hear a steady, slow chirping sound (perhaps a chirp every 5 to 10 seconds). Is this an indication that the meter (35 years old) is coming to the end of its ...
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Furnace reaches temp, shuts off but wont come back on

I have an American Standard furnace (natural gas)with a manufacture date of 2004. The thing won't come on unless I power it off (have a switch right beside it that serves this purpose), let the fan ...