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The heater leaks gas when it is sitting idle with the pilot light on

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Hi, here's what you need to do. You can mix up a solution of dish soap and water 50/50 in a spray bottle or run to a hardware store and but a bottle of gas leak detector that is soap and water and spray down all of your fittings and pipes that carry gas. Check the gas flex line that supplies gas to the furnace. Look for bubbles to appear as they will. When you find this leak, take a wrench and tighten it down. You can also call your local gas company and tell them you have a gas leak. They will come out free of charge to do this for you, as this can be a danger. They will get right on it. This is what I would have you do, as they will be there very fast to take care of this for you. Please don't forget to rate me, and I know you will be kind. Call them right away, and don't worry as there is know charge for this.
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