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When water heater is off a strong gas odor is present. checked by closing or shutting valve control assembly to off positon, where no gas ordor is present.

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You may have a leaking gas valve control. Make up a squirt bottle of soapy water (use dishwasher soap and water) and spray the On-Off-Pilot knob for leaks, as well as the pilot button. Look for bubbles forming. Also check all the gas line fittings and connectors hooked up to the water heater for leaks. If you are smelling gas, do not attempt to relight the water heater. Close the shut-off valve on the gas line and see if the gas smell goes away. If it does, you may have to replace your gas valve. Depending on the age and condition of your water heater, it may be more cost effective to replace the control or buy a new water heater. Reliance is a common brand sold at stores like Lowe's. Typically, parts like your gas valve will usually only have a 1 year warranty. Check the manufacturer decal on the tank to see what their actual warranty period is. If you find a leak on the gas line itself, you will have to turn the gas off at the natural gas meter before disassembling the line to fix it. Use a soft setting teflon based pipe dope for the pipe threads. If you are uncomfortable doing the work yourself or don't know how to proceed, then call your local gas supplier for help. Douglas

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