burning smell from electric baseboard heater


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Old 10-27-06, 05:22 AM
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burning smell from electric baseboard heater

i work in a hairsalon & the owners just installed new baseboard heaters. how long does it take for the burnt smell to go away?
we have been using them since tues. for 8hrs a day(3 days) & the smell is still very strong. almost like burning plastic or styrofoam. there is no smoke. we have checked to make sure nothing is in or on the heaters. being a salon ,hair could be a problem but we cant see anything in or on them. could they be installed incorrectly? something internally burning? thanks for any input.
 
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Old 10-27-06, 05:30 AM
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Some electric baseboard heaters when first turned on emit a burning odor. This is not dangerous and is due to a protective lubricant used during manufacturing. Once this 'burns' off, the odor will be gone.
 
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Old 10-27-06, 11:29 AM
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could they be installed incorrectly? something internally burning?
On electric units like that just a hour or so and it should be over. You might check and see if it is wired right. Could you have 110V base board and wired in for 220V.
Also I know some times we have somthing like this if the shop uses a lot of hair spray. It seems to drift over on the elements and puts off a smell
 
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Old 10-27-06, 12:16 PM
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thanks. i'll see if the new owners will check this out if it doesnt stop smelling.
 
 

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