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Kenmore ~ bad smell upon first use of broil function

Hi: I used the broil function (on hi) of my sears Kenmore gas oven. As soon as I turned on the broiler to heat it up, it smelled horribly, a smell almost like melted plastic. The smell has lingered for the past 2 days. Any thoughts on what might be causing this or how I can get rid of the smell?

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  • kwoolf Dec 08, 2008

    I am experiencing the exact same smell now -- except that my Kenmore is an electric model.

  • carlene98 Dec 11, 2008

    I have a new GE gas range and the smell is awlful, burns your eyes and lungs. It also smokes like crazy when self clean or broiling. Sears repair guy says its normal and if I had a exhaust fan that was plumbed out we wouldn't notice it as bad. So what he said was no problem. But this is really bad. What can I do?

  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2009

    We've used our new Kenmore electric oven several times but it still has that awful chemical smell when using. Does anyone have a suggestion how to eliminate the smell?

  • johnkasal Feb 04, 2009

    My new Kenmore gas range's oven stinks, too. The flames are so high from the oven that they come up threw vents in the lower oven perhaps 5 inches. It leaves black soot residue from just leaving the oven on a few minutes. It hasn't been used for baking,yet. Should I take it back to Sears or see about my one year guarantee. I do not feel it is safe to use the oven. It would set on fire anything on the lower shelves.

  • pet440 Feb 20, 2009

    I have the exact same problem with my oven. When I turn on the oven it smells like burnt plastic and the oven flame is way to big. I am using LP and did the conversion myself EXACTLY as the owners manual suggested. I'm wondering if the gas regulator is no good from the factory...

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2009

    Same problem. Open all the windows and doors to outside, let it burn off for 15 minutes. When done, open oven door to get more smell out. you might have to go through this process 2 or 3 times. The chemical smell is toxic, so go outside for awhile.


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If you pull out the drawer at the bottom of the stove, there is a brass fitting that needs to be tightened with a 1/2" wrench.

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Do you perahps have LP (tank gas delivered to home) and unit set for natural gas?

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