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Samsung 30" Slimfit HDTV SMELLS up the whole room!

I realize all TVs probably have a 'new TV' smell, that is likely some sort of toxic chemical off-gassing (I know they have flame retardants in them!), but I have never had a TV smell so strong! Not so much when it's not on, but when it's running, even for a short period, it smells. It's not a burning smell, but basically I'll call it a 'new TV' smell, but so strong it's on the verge of making you feel sick. We have the TV in our bedroom and even the bathroom and hall smell when it's running. I'm considering returning it due to this. I've had it almost 2 weeks and the smell isn't getting better. I've even tried leaving it run all day (yesterday) with the windows cracked and that didn't help. I LOVE the TV otherwise - this is a real bummer to me :(

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  • subydude999 Feb 23, 2008

    I had the same problem with a 40 inch Samsung Model LNT 4069 that we purchased from Best Buy. The tv was left on all day for a month and the smell never went away, so we returned it to the store. The smell, to me, is of a mild chemical burning plastic smell.

  • Amydoll75 Mar 15, 2008

    I just purchased a 20" samsung slimfit tv and it has a very strong electric burning smell when plugged in, even when not on. It seems to work fine, although I'm not very happy with the picture quality. IS IT DANGEROUS??? I really don't want to return it, and I can live with the smell as long as I know for sure it is safe. Thanks for any help!!

  • ammm Apr 05, 2008

    I had the same problem with toxic smell. Couldn't sleep..slept probably 3 hours each night since I had the TV in my bedrom. It's a complete toxic chemical smell, from inside the TV. It's much worse when it's on, but when you turn it off, it off-gasses for several hours. I felt sick all day and night. Returned the TV. Feel much better and slept through the night. I'll use my old TV until they become less toxic!!!! These companies should be ashamed of themselves!!

  • Anonymous Feb 03, 2009

    I have the Samsung 19" and I am on my second one.  This one smells almost as bad and I am afraid it is going back as well.  Too bad... the picture quality is great :(

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If it smells like ozone, I don't know how to describe the smell, it is from the faulty CRT base socket, it is not a major trouble, you can easily replace it or get it replaced, just get the exact same type base socket. I don't think the problem is something else becasuse other smells that can happen are from burning components, in that case the tv wouldn't have worked so long. Good luck.

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    Arun John Jan 25, 2008

    And there is a small update, actually I made a mistake, the smell comes from your final anode connection, from the end of the red wire that goes to the top of the picture tube. You can detach the vacuum cup at the end and clean both the cup and socket, and short the end of the anode to ground before detaching it, don't use petrol or something that can harm rubber. You change the cup, believe it is available at shops, or else use some glues to attach the cup.

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