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After burner turns off. smell of gas is noticable. checked, by turning off gas at control valve assembly. if gas is shut off, no smell of gas, but as soon as you turn on water heater after burner turns off, a heavy smell of gas exists.

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Hello PLEASE call your gas utillity and report a smell AT ONCE!They will look at it for free!

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