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Odors or Smells - Electric Range

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Odors and Smells of Newly Installed Ovens

A small amount of smoke or odor can be normal, especially the first time a new range or oven is used.  It is caused by the heating of new parts, insulating materials, a protective coating of oil that is used in the manufacturing process, and/or the tape used in shipping. It should dissipate after the first few uses.     

IMPORTANT: The health of some birds are extremely sensitive to the fumes given off. Exposure to fumes may result in the death of certain birds. Always move birds to another closed and well-ventilated room.

First Use (Recommended)

It is recommended that you do not cook any food before this cycle as the smell and, potentially, the taste can stick with your food. 

Ensure all packaging materials have been removed from the oven cavity. Set the oven to a “Bake” cycle, setting the temperature to 350 degrees. Continuing running the cycle for 60 minutes. If the smell persists after the cycle, repeat the process once or twice more. Once the oven cavity is cool, wipe down the interior with a soft, damp cloth.

NOTE: To help the smell dissipate more quickly, open a window or increase ventilation in the area. 

Is the new smell dangerous?

Odor and smoke when you turn on an oven for the first time is normal and not harmful.  The best way to eliminate the smell is to run an empty cycle.  For people sensitive to strong odors or smoke, it is recommended to open nearby windows and/or turn on a kitchen vent (if available). Doing this will help dissipate the new oven odor. 

High-Temperature Self Cleaning can Produce Odors and Smoke

  • Self-clean the oven before it becomes heavily soiled. Heavy soil results in longer cleaning and more smoke.
  • Keep the kitchen well-ventilated during the Self-Cleaning cycle to help eliminate heat, odors, and smoke.
  • Do not block the oven vent(s) during the Self-Cleaning cycle. Air must be able to move freely.
  • Do not clean, rub, damage, or move the oven door gasket. The door gasket is essential for a good seal.

Aluminum Foil on the oven bottom

IMPORTANT: To avoid permanent damage to the oven bottom finish, do not line the oven bottom with any type of foil or liner.

Covering the oven bottom can trap spills and debris, resulting in odors. For best cooking results, do not cover the entire oven rack with foil because air must be able to move freely, and the foil can trap debris-causing odors.


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