Is fuel oil dangerous to smell?
Our boiler was refilled a couple days ago however I think there might have been a leak because I can smell oil fumes in the kitchen. Our landlord is on vacation and comes back in a couple days to inspect our house. Should I wait for him or call someone myself? I don’t know if it is dangerous to be exposed to this for a couple of days.
- M JohnsonLv 68 months ago
The fuel goes into a tank, and a little spillage might smell a bit. Go check it out, chicken. What's up with all the paranoid people without the ability to google something that want to post on it?
- Anonymous8 months ago
It is kerosene. Stinky but you get used to the smell. Just like cleaning out a septic tank. Stinky but not dangerous.
- Anonymous8 months ago
Your boiler was refilled - or your fuel tank?
Assuming you have an oil-fired boiler and the fuel tank was filled: the stuff has an unpleasant, penetrating odor as a liquid and when burned. There's normally extra odor after a refill that mostly dissipates after a day or so. Unfortunately you don't tell us if the tank is in the building, on a stand outside or in the ground so we don't know if it's possible for you to check for leaks. Also, the burner may need servicing (annual cleaning, adjustment - usually replacement of oil nozzle - is recommended with oil-fired boilers/furnaces) to insure that the fuel is being burned efficiently.
Finally: this may be more worrisome than helpful, but . . . fuel oil and diesel fuel are the same thing - close to kerosene . . . boats and cars with diesel engines also have that lingering odor. The off-gassing of the fuel - and the combustion gases - are now considered to be carcinogenic ..... hence the big move to so-called "clean diesel" engines a few years ago and now the outlawing of diesels in many areas. Personally, I wouldn't live anyplace with oil heat.
- Spock (rhp)Lv 78 months ago
just keep fresh air circulating
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- elhighLv 78 months ago
Smell? No. Drink? Yes.
- TommymcLv 78 months ago
If your oil tank wasn't leaking before being filled, it probably isn't leaking now. It *could* be that there's a leak at the top of the tank or in the filler pipe, but if you've never smelled anything after prior fill-ups, it's probably that the delivery guy was sloppy and spilled a little outside.
As suggested in another answer, when the boiler is serviced, they replace the fuel filter which is a messy job and a bit of oil always gets spilled on the basement floor. In either case, it's no big deal. There aren't enough fumes to hurt you, and it should go away in a day or two. If you're really concerned that it might be a leak, go check around the tank and lines to see if there's any puddles.
- John AldenLv 78 months ago
Changing the filter can be a messy job and spills are typical. It is such a small amount that it won't hurt you.