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Delonghi "the incredible heat machine" started smoking

i've just started to use the Delonghi "the incredible heat machine" for about 2 weeks ago. Just yesterday, the heater started smoking (just a little) thru the top vent. i immedietly pulled the plug, waited a few hours to try again and it still smokes a little. is this still safe to use as i dont want this to cause a fire in my apartment of course. what can i do to repair it?
the heater has been in storage for a long time and i wiped it down prior to using it.

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  • tell_me_more Feb 13, 2008

    I have been using "The Incredible Heat Machine" by Delonghi and I hadn't had any problems until two days ago. I turned it on after having it off for about 8-10hrs and a few minutes later, I heard a little crackle/sizzle, kinda like hot grease. It wasn't loud like a spark and it came from inside the heater, not the socket. It scared me because I know that this is an oil filled heater and I thought maybe the oil got too hot but it had been off all day. Is this heater safe to keep using? It's been pretty cold up here so could this have been the oil getting warmed up after being cold all day? I'm paranoid that I'm gonna burn myself or my room. Feel free to e-mail me at Thanks.

  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2008

    it popped loud,then started spraying oil all over room,hot oil

  • fibber2 Jan 18, 2009

    I found this thread because I looking for a solution to a similar problem. I bought mine new in the mid '80's, and did receive and install the recall mandated repair kit (new control panel, cord, etc.). It worked great back then, but it has been in storage for some years now.

    I took it out this Fall, as the price of oil made electric space heater use suddenly affordable. I wiped it down well, but it stinks when hot. Never used it again until today. Again, cleaned it and put in out in the garage to see if it would burn off whatever might be outgassing. An hour later, the garage smells like scorched/burning light oil. Only thing I can imagine was a slight seal leak somewhere, but I don't see anything. I guess it is time for it to become landfill.



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Hi Coyote,

I don't know about your specific heater, but, as someone who has a vast electronics background, things that heat tend to give off some fumes. Many electronic componets are LIGHTLY coated with an oil product to provide humidity protection, while the product may sit in a warehouse for years. Typically, such protection, upon being heated, will disperse in the first (maybe) hour of use. but, it could be more, I guess.
BUT, fumes should never be taken lightly. FUMES SHOULD NEVER BE TAKEN LIGHTLY!!!. FUMES MAY KILL YOU!!
How I handle it is...if the fume is noxious, so as to irritate your nose, or eyes, etc. IT IS BAD!!!

Nevertheless, if I were in your boots, I would take the unit outdoors, and let it run on 'HIGH' for about a 1/2 hour, or so. After it cools down, take it indoors and try it again. If it is still fuming, write the manufacturer a "fuming" letter.

Good Luck,

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There was a product recall in the late '80's for the thermostat/heat control of "The Incredible Heat Machine"; there was a common failure with risk of fire. I don't know whether there were actulally any fires. I own one myself, and love it. I checked with Delonghi in the early 90's about getting the repair kit under the recall, but they were quite rude to me, and said that the recall had expired, and that I'd have to purchase it. I didn't (because they were rude!) but have only used it in my workshop while I am in the room. If you can find a local appliance shop that has an old-timer that doesn't believe in the "throw-away" economy, he or she might be able to take a look inside and tell you whether it's a fatal problem. Sometimes a simple arc can be repaired with cleaning and dielectric (insulating) goo.
Good Luck!

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