Typically, your oven should be giving off a delicious aroma tied to whatever you’re cooking, but sometimes, an oven can start to smell bad. But why does your oven smell? It could be a simple cleaning technique to fix the issue, or you could need to call professional help right away. In this article, we’ll run down the possible reasons why your oven smells and explain how you can remove the unpleasant stench.

Why does my Oven Smell like Gas?

A brand new oven will sometimes give off a gas smell because there is a small amount of gas released into the appliance before the igniter fires. You don’t have to worry about it if the smell dissipates within a couple of minutes. 

But if your oven is older and you still smell gas while you’re cooking, shut it off right away and call an appliance repair service. The smell of gas could mean that there’s a leak in the appliance’s lines. If the leak is still occurring even when the oven is turned off, you need to get out of your home right away and call your gas company for emergency repair services.

Why does my Oven Smell like Burning Plastic?

Brand new ovens will often give off a burning plastic smell the first few times that you use them, but it should go away fairly quickly. 

But what if you have an older oven? Well, it’s either that some of the wiring has started to malfunction, or some plastic melted in the oven because it wasn’t supposed to be in the appliance. 

Disconnect your oven from its power source before inspecting for damaged wiring. If there’s no damaged wire and it’s melted plastic that you’re dealing with, here are a few ideas for removing it without damaging your oven. 

  • Let the melted plastic fully harden before attempting to scrape and pry it off the oven’s surface using a spatula, knife or a different kind of scraping tool. 
  • Alternatively, you can turn on the oven and let it soften up enough so you can remove it more easily, ideally with a wooden spoon.

Why does my Oven Smell like Chemicals?

If your oven smells really bad like cleaning chemicals you can remove the order pretty easily and naturally. You can bake some orange slices on low heat or add a drop of vanilla to a bowl of water and heat that up in the oven. Your yucky stink will be replaced with a lovely aroma in no time at all.

Why does my Oven Smell after Cleaning?

If you use the self-cleaning function on your even, chances are you’re going to smell some burnt food or other fumes. The only way to avoid this completely is to use an organic cleaning product or homemade mixture. Here are some other things you can try: 

  1. Put a bowl of ammonia on the top rack and a pot of recently boiled water on the bottom rack. Leave these in the oven for 24 hours. 
  2. Once you open the oven, remove the bowls and wipe off all the grease and debris. You can scrub more effectively if you use a toothbrush or piece of steel wool. 
  3. Wash the racks in hot soapy water, air dry, and return to the oven.

Bad Smelling Oven Be Gone!

These are some of the most common reasons why your oven may give off a bad smell. But if you still can’t figure out the cause or you’re concerned about your safety, Fix It Right Appliance Repair is here for you. Our fully qualified appliance repair technicians will diagnose the problem quickly and get you back on track. Call us today for a free estimate and book your consultation.

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