Help-smelling gas!

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  1. Bridget

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    Can anyone tell.me why I am smelling gas with the fridge on please. I have been operating it fine on gas until this afternoon when I thought I could smell it so switched the fridge off. Turned on again about 2 hours ago, been sat reading and got a bit of a headache and feeling sick so went to get a drink and could smell gas by the fridge again-
    I've turned the fridge off and justhe opened door.

    Thanks in anticipation
    Bridget
     
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    I'd keep it switched off until you have it checked ,you need to find where the gas is coming from before you use the fridge , the leak could be coming from anywhere .
     
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    Make sure you have a gas leak detector + CO detector

    What make and model is your motorhome?
     
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    whatever you do don't use on gas ..

    have it looked asap...

    it sounds like CO (carbon monoxide, the silent killer) is getting into the hab area.
     
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  5. Bridget

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    Thank you!
    It's a chausson allegro.
    It has been very windy here today so I wondered if that might be the problem. I'm certainly not taking any chances tho. Do you think it is OK to use the stove?
     
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    carbon monoxide has no smell thats why you should have a detector for it in the motorhome, can you find the isolation tap for the fridge and turn it of there?
     
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    its pretty common for people to smell something similar to gas when the outlet flue and vents get blocked. if the flame isnt burning correctly, the gasses produced can leak past the fridge into the van under these circumstances. they cause nausea headache and ultimately death if left like that.
    please get your fridge serviced and resealed before trying to use on gas again
     
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  8. Bridget

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    I do have a CO detector that hasn't picked anything up. The smell is that camping gas smell
    How would I go about finding the isolation point?
    Perhaps best if I can just get it looked at as I don't want to mess about with it!
     
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    The fridge in our old van ( Miller ) would often blow out in windy weather, but once the sensor cools down the gas should shut off.. So something not quite right.
    As said, get it checked mate
     
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    Jaws Funster Life Member

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    There are usually three taps .. One feeds the heater, one the water heater, and the third the fridge
    Try in all the cupboards around the kitchen area but very often they are tucked away either behind a flap at the bottom of the cooker, or under the fridge
     
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    Bridget, firstly ventilate your van thoroughly leave all doors open for 10 minutes then turn off gas at supply, if on hookup switch over to 240 volts for fridge, having a headache and smelling gas is a sign of carbon monoxide poisoning are yousure fridge was working ?have it checked out asap by an engineer best be safe have look under seats or in a cupboard for the isolation valves they are usually red turn handles,what model van do you have.
     
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    OK, so I've found the isolation point for the fridge and have turned it off. Just need to find somewhere to get it looked at now.
     
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    My chausson had the same kind of problem The gas fridge flue was dirty and the burn incomplete, the exhaust fume were going up the side of the van and into the Habitation area via the oven cooling vent. I cleaned the flue out and the jet block, then fitted an additional chimney to the vent outlet, You will probably have the same setup as mine.. The oven vents come straight in to the bed area. I closed off the access by taping up the decorative oven vent which serve no purpose other than allow fumes in and the cold draught with them.
     
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    How fill is your gas bottle? the gas has a stench added to it, as it has no smell. When the bottles get nearly empty sometimes the stench can smell like a leak. If so you will get the same smell when you use your cooker.
     
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    Thank you everyone. Yes it was working fine. I actually turned fridge to min setting as the contents of fridge were too cold. I'm on an aire so no hook up but am not worried about what is in the fridge and I have nothing in the freezer
    It's a chausson allegro.
    Fridge is a Domestic 7855
     
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    Hi All!

    I see Bridget could post a bit more .
    She has sent me a text a few minutes ago to say thanks to everyone! Fridge gas is isolated and she will get it checked tomorrow. She no longer has data signal (well it seems that she has now and then).

    If you think of anything you should tell her, and see she is not online , I'll do it for you. Leave your message on here.

    Amicalement

    Frankie:)
     
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    if its gas you can smell the risk is of explosion rather than any thing else so ventilate and dont operate switches or naked flames untill its cleared
     
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    Where are you now @Bridget ? We are near Limoges if we can be of any help?
     
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    Reading through these shows me what an amazing bunch of people the funsters are. Loads of advice and help and people who genuinely care and want to help and look after each other. Wouldn't the world be a better place if everyone was a funster?

    One quick note for Bridget ... You say you have a CO detector but have you checked it is working and not run out of battery. They all have a test button so just press it to be sure and keep safe.
     
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    Hi you 2!
    In case Bridget can't read you , I'll send her a text to ask her, her exact position, and will let you know.

    If she needs a place to go to have her gas checked I'll try to find one. If any of you has already been to one, along the Atlantic cost , let me know (on here , so she can read it if she get's some signal) and I'll give them a ring.

    Frankie
     
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