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We have had our magnavox TV almost two years and get an odor around it sporatically. We sometimes burn a candle to over ride the odor which smells to me somewhat like rubber. we have not had headaches or irritating reaction other than the offending odor. Is there actually an answer that will resolve the issue? Is this odor toxic?

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  • midlife101 Aug 29, 2010

    I would appreciate an explanation and way to resolve the problem.

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I would try cleaning the entire tv with a lint free cloth, Also if you have it plugged into a surge protector, try plugging it directly into the wall. If the smell continues most times it is the result of a capacitor failing in the tv. You would want to have it looked at sooner then later before it causes more damage.
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