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Ventless gas heater smells like kerosene

My ventless gas heater smells like kerosene when ever it kicks on. I can't find anyone who has ever heard of this problem. I had a professional in today and he is stumped. I have now turned it completely off due to my husbands asthma. It is currently 11° in our city and this stove is 50% of our homes heat. HELP!!

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  • nteague33 May 11, 2010

    heater smells like lighter fluid after 10 mins

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It is posible that your heater is burning fumes from paint, varnish or stain and some times carpet cleaners or other household cleaners. I work for a utility company. We get called to homes for a lighter fluid/kerosene smell quit often. Most of the time it is from the fumes burning off on a standing pilot gas oven. The odor collects in the oven and is released in the customers face when they open the oven door. This will happen with any open flame appliance when exposed to these fumes.

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My ventless heater is smelling like kerosene , is this dangerous?

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Your problem is common. When you turn the heater on the gas comes on and it is ignited by the pilot light or the electronic ignition. The small amount of gas that enters the heater before ignition occurs causes the odor. Usually the odor dissipates in a few minutes. If you have liquid propane as your gas source, the odor will be more noticeable than if you have natural gas.

If you use propane, contact the company and complain as they may be able to help. If you have natural gas, call the company as they have people who come out for free to check on these issues.

good luck with this.

Posted on Feb 05, 2009

  • lewisnet Jul 03, 2011

    I had this problem a while ago and couldnt' work out what it was. Butane/Propane very bad smell. Last night i was spraying the hell out of a door hinge with WD40 and ended up stinking out the house. After airing the place out with a freezing cold breeze i turned on the heater and could smell this. Problem is that it wont go away :( I suppose Ryno could be correct.

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I had this problem a while ago and couldnt' work out what it was. Butane/Propane very bad smell. Last night i was spraying the hell out of a door hinge with WD40 and ended up stinking out the house. After airing the place out with a freezing cold breeze i turned on the heater and could smell this. Problem is that it wont go away :( I suppose Ryno could be correct.

Posted on Jul 03, 2011

  • Josh e Feb 13, 2016

    Ha sprayed wd40 in the garage then turned on the heater. This must be why it smelled. Thanks for posting here.

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I have the same problem, the heater smells like kerosene sometimes, but not all the time. It is an infer-red type.
But not just at first then it goes away, It stinks for as long as you burn it, I had to shut if off also.
I don't think is is the gas left over from ignition that causes this. I have cleaned it, and put a small tube hooked up to my sweeper, up each tube that combines the gas and air, before it goes to the ceramic and it helped for a while. but I think I will need a new heater, but this time it won't be a Pro-com.

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I just noticed the same thing last night. Coincidentally, I was re-doing a door with polyurethane stain. It must be the volatiles in the air in the house from the stain that is drying. I noted the first comment above mentioned this also. It's amazing how sensitive burning flames like that of a Procom can be affected by things in the air. I have a misting humidifier that uses water that goes through a reverse osmosis unit. Last year I took the RO unit off line to change a filter and used straight well water into the humidifier. Amazingly the flame in my Procom turned bright orange. Apparently it was due to the salts in the well water being cast into the air by the misting humidifier. Once I put the filters back in and put the RO unit back on line, the orange flame went back to blue/yellow. Amazing.

Posted on Jan 04, 2013

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    sdarlak Jan 04, 2013

    I just noticed the same thing last night. Coincidentally, I was re-doing a door with polyurethane stain. It must be the volatiles in the air in the house from the stain that is drying. I noted the first comment above mentioned this also. It's amazing how sensitive burning flames like that of a Procom can be affected by things in the air. I have a misting humidifier that uses water that goes through a reverse osmosis unit. Last year I took the RO unit off line to change a filter and used straight well water into the humidifier. Amazingly the flame in my Procom turned bright orange. Apparently it was due to the salts in the well water being cast into the air by the misting humidifier. Once I put the filters back in and put the RO unit back on line, the orange flame went back to blue/yellow. Amazing.

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The smell of of kerosene in natural gas is real and has nothing to do with floor varnishing painting walls or pilot starting gas (which is the same gas anyway, isnt it ?) I first noticed the kerosene smell when using my natural gas stove. No smell for 3 years then it was and is still there. I just got a gas heater and it smells just like the stove. I get headaches when i dont ventalate the apartment. Door and window opposite ends open 3 inches bedroom window 3 inches bathroo and laundry windows 3 inches. I am concerned i will get cancer and die. Its so cold i am taking that chance lol
I will contact gas supplier and see whats happening.

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Have a lenomex and it worked great for 2 mnths - now it has a horrible chemical smell. I had sprayed waterproofing stuff on a coat today. If this has triggered can someone please tell me how to get rid of it. Just bought it but past its return date.

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Ventless heaters will burn ANY fumes being given off by Anything. You can polish your shoes with shoe wax and if the heater is running the fumes from the polish will be burned and give off the "kerosene" smell.

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I'm having the same problem, smells like kerosene or diesel after being burned. I'm using natural gas. I have two space heaters one is a catalyst wall mounted type in the bathroom and the other is a fireplace log type unit with open flame. I use the bathroom heater for a few hours to take the chill out of the house in the weeks before the real cold weather sets in. The fireplace unit has been used a few times in the last few years since it was installed and is virtually new. I vacuumed both before using them and they do put off a burning smell the first few minutes use each year but that only happens the first time they're used each season. I've lived in this house for 7 years and never had this problem. Even the the stove has the smell. I called the gas company and they immediately sent someone out. Nice guy and as soon as he came into the house he smelled it. He used the CO and hydrocarbon sniffer and found no problems. He inspected the system as well as the meter which is away from the house and found nothing.
He made some calls and was told to ask if I'd used any cleaners on or around the units. I told him no and referred him to my somewhat uncleaned house. I've done nothing different and had used the wall unit a few times this week with no problems. I was an auto mechanic for 32 years worked on and around internal combustion engines. In my experience this is problem that has something to do with the gas itself. The smell produced is a by product of combustion of the natural gas. He also agreed but was still a bit stumped. The fact that all of the gas burning appliances in the house including the stove and on demand Bosch water heater are making the smell when used convinced him it wasn't cleaners or some outside influence. He told me it was a first for him. The main gas line for the area uses my property for the right of way and my gas meter is tapped directly into that, over top of it actually. He thinks it's possible the suppliers have recently changed sources for the gas they're providing or that maybe there was some work done recently on the pipeline and something got into the pipe. I'm in Louisiana and this is gas producing country so the gas may have come from somewhere close by. I don't know but this is a first for me. It stinks to high heaven.

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    Followup: That night I decided to light the pilot in my furnace on and use it to heat the house. Since it vents to the outside I had no problems with smell in the house. Over the next few weeks I tried the wall mounted heater from time to time for short periods of time and the smell was there but was definitely weaker and finally was no longer there. This was definitely a problem caused by the natural gas itself. The strange thing is no one from the gas company has called to follow up and asked if the problem is still there. They didn't know what it was to start with though. I found that not only strange but a bit unsettling.

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    Deb LaCombe Fitzgerald Nov 26, 2014

    thanks for your postings... we had a similar problem last year but found our water heater wasn't properly vented... once it was we had no problems... we've had our ventless gas fireplace on for several weeks now... cold nights in northern Pa.!!.. and no problems but tonight we got that oily/kerosene smell again... thinking it is the gas itself again... we'll be able to go without extra heat tonight. Thank God and we'll try this again when we need the heat...

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    Michele Wine Nov 29, 2016

    I have been having same problem for so many years. Strong kerosene smell from our mom vented walk mount. I know sprays can cause fumes but when you havent done anything and even at night. the smell comes from my kitchen stove also. Even after cleaned units. The flame is orange. The gas stains and really dirty on the walls etc. The well we have been on hasn't been swobbed for yrs. I'm thinking could be oil in the gas. Only other thing is the additive my spouse added to live to help with freezing since our gas tends to go off off and on.

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We're hang the same problem. A kerosene or coal oil smell. We have natural gas, not propane. Haven't painted, refinished wood or used strong cleaners. We've been having this problem for at least 2 years or 3. We do have carbon monoxide detectors and they aren't detecting any carbon monoxide.

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