New oven gives off a strong burning chemical/plastic smell

Hi everyone, I got a new countertop electric convection oven last weekend. The manual asked the user to run it at 250C for 15 mins at top+down heating setting (no fan). The first time I did it, I got a very strong smell and thought something was wrong. Upon reading online, it appeared this is something commonly faced by people with new ovens. I tried it again the next day, around 20 more mins at 250C at top+down heating (no fan). Still got the smell. Tried again yesterday and the day before, for around 20 mins each. Didn't seem to get significantly better. Today, I decided to try it one final time. This time, I lightly sponged the cavity. And this time, I also turned on the fan and ran it at top+down heat, and longer at around 30 mins. I'm not sure if the smell is marginally better, or I've just gotten used to it. It was still there. I wasn't convinced, so ran it for another 20 mins after that. Still same case, smell comes off, but MAYBE lesser than the first few times. At this point, I have ran the oven at 250C for 20 to 30 mins six times since I got it at the weekend. The oven has no smoke. The heating seems to be working, as do the different modes. The only thing is, I'm a bit afraid to cook something in there. The oven is well ventilated (I'm running it in my hall, and it has ample room on all sides). If it is indeed plastic burning, I would imagine one of the wires inside is touching the heating element, but I've already ran the oven for 3 hours cumulatively, and I imagine something would have happened by now if that were really the case. I know new ovens can release some chemical smells, but point is, I've been "burning-in" the oven multiple times and am afraid if this is an issue. Should I be worried (as in, any potential health and fire hazard from what I've described above)? Or should I go ahead and use the oven for my normal purposes (baking pizza, brownies etc) and hope the smell wears off with time? Thanks! submitted by /u/learner1314 [link] [comments]

Hi everyone,

I got a new countertop electric convection oven last weekend. The manual asked the user to run it at 250C for 15 mins at top+down heating setting (no fan).

The first time I did it, I got a very strong smell and thought something was wrong. Upon reading online, it appeared this is something commonly faced by people with new ovens.

I tried it again the next day, around 20 more mins at 250C at top+down heating (no fan). Still got the smell. Tried again yesterday and the day before, for around 20 mins each. Didn't seem to get significantly better.

Today, I decided to try it one final time. This time, I lightly sponged the cavity. And this time, I also turned on the fan and ran it at top+down heat, and longer at around 30 mins. I'm not sure if the smell is marginally better, or I've just gotten used to it. It was still there. I wasn't convinced, so ran it for another 20 mins after that. Still same case, smell comes off, but MAYBE lesser than the first few times.

At this point, I have ran the oven at 250C for 20 to 30 mins six times since I got it at the weekend. The oven has no smoke. The heating seems to be working, as do the different modes.

The only thing is, I'm a bit afraid to cook something in there. The oven is well ventilated (I'm running it in my hall, and it has ample room on all sides).

If it is indeed plastic burning, I would imagine one of the wires inside is touching the heating element, but I've already ran the oven for 3 hours cumulatively, and I imagine something would have happened by now if that were really the case.

I know new ovens can release some chemical smells, but point is, I've been "burning-in" the oven multiple times and am afraid if this is an issue.

Should I be worried (as in, any potential health and fire hazard from what I've described above)? Or should I go ahead and use the oven for my normal purposes (baking pizza, brownies etc) and hope the smell wears off with time?

Thanks!

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