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What to do in a power failure with oil and propane?

I’m just buying my first “Real” home (I own a mobile home currently)

The new home has a propane water heater, and a propane stove. The house itself is headed with a forced Air Electric Heater.

I am excited about our new home, but I am unfamilar with all forms of heating except electric. If thre is a power failure, is there anyting I need to do to keep my house safe during the failure?

ie: do I have to turn off the propane or the oil somehow. Is there a pump/fan that won’t turn on and might cause an explosion or something if the power fails?

You need to consult the manufacturer’s certified operating instructions for these appliances to find this answer.

In general though…If the water heater has plastic vent pipe running through the wall to the outside and has a vent motor to push out spent gases, it will not operate without electricity. If it is what we call a natural vent appliance, meaning that the spent gases leave the home through a pipe that is about 3 or 4 inches in diameter and runs up a chimney it will continue to operate with no electricity.

Some older and very low end model kitchen ranges do not require electricity at all. Most kitchen ranges manufactured today require electricity to run the timer, clock and electronic ignitors for the burners even if it is propane fired. Some ranges can be manually lit and allow you to operate the top burners with no electricity. But this varies widely between manufacturers. Again, you will have to consult the manufacturer’s certified operating instructions for this information.

All residential appliances today have what is called a “100% safety device” that does not allow fuel to flow if the flame goes out for whatever reason. So if the electricity goes out these valves activate and no fuel will escape into your home. When the electricity comes back on you may have to relight a pilot on the water heater or oven depending on the appliance design. A lot of them have electronic or hot surface ignitors that will pick up operation as soon as the power is restored.

Edit: Actually it is the responsibility of the installer of the appliance to ensure you know how to operate it properly, not the provider of the hydrocarbon. The provider is required to ensure the installation meets all applicable codes and regulations before fuel is turned on.

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