New Toaster Smell. Normal?

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  1. bigpoppamac31, Jun 20, 2014
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    bigpoppamac31 macrumors 68000

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    So I just bought a new toaster. When I got it home I set it up and turned it on for the first time with no toast or bagel in it. There was a weird, nauseating chemical type smell afterwards. Nothing was mentioned in the manual about this but I looked up other brands and read their manuals and they said to run it through a few cycles before using. After a few cycles with no toast inside I tossed in a couple of bagels and toasted them a couple times each. I did not eat the bagels afterwards. Still the smell remains and my windows are open. Is this normal and even if it is should I be worried about my health??

    Edit: New toaster is a President's Choice (Loblaws) brand toaster. Loblaws is the national grocery store in Canada.
     
  2. Shrink macrumors G3

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    As many of us here are experts on toasters, and stinky smells, you definitely came to the right place.

    If you're worried, don't use it.

    If you're not worried...use it.

    If the smell doesn't go away...flip a coin.

    But since you were in the same room as the toaster when it was off gassing cyanide...ah...a smell...it might all be moot in 20 minutes.


    :rolleyes: ;)
     
  3. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well I asked it here cause it seemed like this was the "random" section of the forum. Figured someone might have an idea.
     
  4. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Maybe it's that plastic packing material inside the slots that you forgot to remove :D

    If it still stinks - unplug, put it outside overnight, let it, and your kitchen, air out for a while. Likely you have cycled it several times, but you can try that a few more times - waste a few slices of bread or whatever.
    Most toasters have a removable "crumb" tray in the bottom. Remove that, and check up inside the toaster for any stray materials that you (still) might have missed. You never know till you look! :D
    Or - failing that - complain at your local Loblaws for a replacement, or refund.
     
  5. localoid macrumors 68020

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    Various sorts of chemical bonding agents are usually used when manufacturing toasters, that often emit odors for a short while, upon first use of a new toaster, etc.

    Call the manufacture and ask if this (odor) is normal or not... You should be able to find a tel. number on the device, search the model # online, or obtain it from the store that sold it.
     
  6. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I may just end up returning it. I've never bought a PC product that was not food. It was only $25 so it's not like I spent a fortune. I had bought a T-Fal toaster a number of years before and I don't recall having this issue. I've read that it can be normal to have smell for the first few times one uses it but this was a bit much.
     
  7. sviato macrumors 68020

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    Does it...smell cheap? :D
     
  8. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    My current toaster had that smell for a while but it eventually went away. I also noticed a lot of new power supplies have a similar odor that goes away after a while.
     
  9. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Um... Keep toasting nothing I guess. It will go away at some point right?
     
  10. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It must be cheap if it smells this bad. I had bought a new toaster a few years before for my place before this one and I actually don't even recall it smelling weird at all.
     
  11. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Toasting nothing is a bad idea...especially if the toaster has a sensor to stop the heating when the item being toasted is done.
     
  12. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Oh... Take it back.
     
  13. senseless macrumors 68000

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    Get a Breville for an awesome toast experience. I think I remember the instructions suggesting a 20 minute empty cook before putting it to actual use.
     
  14. mdhwoods macrumors regular

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    Typical on any new item with a heating element. Just like when your furnace comes on after being off all summer. Its burning dust/etc off the elements. If it doesn't go away after a few uses then take it back
     

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