Restarting Your Gas Following an Earthquake

I was about to take a shower this morning when the cold water surprised me. I checked that I turned the gas heater on and made sure I turned the right tap. But no matter how long I waited, the water remained cold.

“Oh crap! Did I forget to pay the bills again?” was the first thing that came to my mind. What happened a couple of years ago was that I had thought my water bills were paid by my credit card, but 4 or 6 months later, I got a warning that I hadn’t been paying my bills. I wondered if that happened for gas this time. But the thing is, I know it wasn’t paid by credit card and the last notice I received is due early October, so it made no sense that my gas was cut because of a default on payment. I checked the heater light again and realised that even though it was on, the heating lamp never came on.

I called the gas company and learned that the gas circuit tripped due to the big earthquake yesterday and I had to manually reactivate it. So if you face the same problem, I’m saving you the trouble of calling your gas company.

If you’re living in an apartment, a beige-colored meter should be either outside your unit or on the first floor. Mine was located on the first floor. So this is what it should look like.

Gas Meter

The red lamp in the middle should be blinking indicating that it has tripped. What you have to do is to unscrew the black cap on the top left and you will see a button like below.

Gas Meter

Next, push the button all the way in and hold for two seconds. After that, let go and screw the cap back on. The red lamp should still be on, but don’t worry, you’re in good stead. Go back home and sing a song and when you’re done with the song, the gas should be back up.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure your song is at least three minutes long or it will not work.


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