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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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Re: Delonghi "the incredible heat machine" started...

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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Re: Delonghi "the incredible heat machine" started...

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!

Posted on Mar 02, 2008

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