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Chemical smell coming from fan?

Just installed new Palermo fan, and whole room has a chemical smell. Bad enough for spouse to get headache. All parts work, is this just new smell, will it wear off? Smell still going strong 24 hrs later, with open windows and fan running!! Help!!

(Not an electrical burning smell....more like chemicals....Yuck!

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  • me4pres_2000 Jun 25, 2008

    same problem for me. any solution yet?

  • jkuang Jun 25, 2008

    I got two same Hunter fans from Costco. Bad odor still after two days.

  • philodendrin Jun 30, 2008

    I too have the Westside fan from Costco (same as Palermo) and the smell is unbearable. It actually burns my nose after only a few minutes in the room. Haven't slept in my bedroom since installing this fan.

  • charlie26 Jul 01, 2008

    I have the same problem with Hunter fans (Type 2 Models) I bought from Lowe and installed last week. This morning it actually triggered a fire alarm for more than 10 seconds. I believe that this smell is coming from fan.

  • curious12 Jul 05, 2008

    I'm having the same problem with the (Palermo) fan from Costco I just bought a week ago. Have this chemical smell right out of the box. Will this cause a problem?

    I'm going to let the fan spin at high speed for a few hours and hope the smell will go away, as someone had suggested.

    Anyone else having the same problem with this particular fan from Costco?

  • Anonymous Jul 14, 2008

    My new Hunter fan from Costco has the same chemical smell. Left it on all night and the smell is just as potent this morning. Hunter tech adivsed that it was only a "small number" of fans and advised running it for 5-8 hours on high. She said they have researched the problem and can find no source for the odor but assured me it is non toxic. A guess on their part - since they don't know what is causing it? Hope their advice on getting rid of the smell was more truthful than their comment about "only a small number" since it seems to be on fans from Costco and Lowe's and no telling how many others. Yes, I know I can take it back to Costco with no problem, but what about the 3 hours spent on installing and uninstalling it? Not what I expected from a Hunter fan, as I have had others with no problems at all.

  • jenifercasey Jul 15, 2008

    I too have had this problem with the Hunter fan I bought and just installed from Costco. I noticed the burning smell, but wondered if I was imagining it. I let it run for an hour or two and then turned it off because it worried me. I tried again later that night and still noticed the smell. I tried it again the next day and the smell is still there. Due to other problems with the fan, I have been debating returning it, but of course after all that work installing it, having to take it down, and install a new one, this is quite discouraging.

    I was wondering if anyone else had these problems. Fan makes loud clicking sound when turning the light off and on, as well as when changing fan speed. Is this normal? Florescent light has a strange bluish glow and is bright enough that it hurts my eyes. Can a different type of light be used to replace it like a halogen?

  • maggie515 Jul 19, 2008

    I have run them on high; I have run them with the windows open and nothing works. I've burned fragrance candles and all it does is mix the smells. The odor is not as bad as it was (It has been almost a month) but it is still there and I can't stand it. I actually paid several hundred dollars to have the two fans installed and I wonder if Hunter will reinstall new ones.

  • weilemom Aug 02, 2008

    We have the same problem with a 70" Grand Vista Hunter fan we purchased at Lowe's. Given its size and that we paid to have it installed on a two story ceiling in our family room the last thing we want to do is take it down and return it. We're going to try it on high for 8 hours- I hope that works because I can't stand the smell!

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  • tg_miller Sep 05, 2008

    New Hunter "Westside" (model # 21620) ceiling fan has a strange chemical odor coming from the fan. The odor was first noticed when the fan housing was removed from the box. I thought it would just go away after being "aired out". After installation of the fan in a bedroom it seems to get worse when the fan has been running for a while. It is NOT a burning smell. It is also a brushed nickel ceiling fan.


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I have installed hundreds of fans in homes and businesses. The only smell complaint I have encountered was from a fan that came with rubber band like gaskets around the light shades. I guess these were intended to cushion the glass where the mounting screws contacted it. When the lights heated up the glass, a hot rubber smell became very strong. We tried smaller bulbs with no help. The solution was to throw away the rubber bands and attach the glass with the screws directly like all the other brands. Since then, I have always thrown the rubber gaskets away if they come in the kit.

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I just purchased and instaleld a Hunter Highbury Fan and when I took the plastic hanger ball out of its plastic bag I got hit with that aweful oily/toxic smell I have smelled coming from cheap, made in China plastic products. I have smelled this before from sandles and a suitcase handle and the odor never went away. I have 3 more Hunter fans to install so I opened the boxes up and removed the hanger balls from their bags to see if they smell and there is just that faint, "new plastic smell" not that toxic oily smell.

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I had the same smelly motor assebly with the Westside model purchased at a Costco in NJ. I tried airing it out for two days and then decided to return it instead of installing it. The smell had me concerned because I have an infant in the house and my wife insisted the smell hurt her throat. When I went to return it at Costco they suggested I call Hunter. The Hunter fan rep was very helpful. They acknowledged the problem and offered to ship me an air purifier. I accepted it but then questioned getting the fan replaced. I was told I needed to call back with the date code on the fan housing. When I called back with it they mailed me out a whole new fan, althought this one was the Palermo model which is the same. The fan came in just a couple of days. You might want to be home when it arrives as it comes in the orginal box making it obvious what it is at your door step. Overall I think Hunter did a good job addressing this with prompt customer service, it's worth going through it if you really like the fan. Good luck.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008

I have the same problem with the Westside (Palermo) fan from Costco. I called the Hunter service line at the number in the manual. They are aware of the problem and that the wrong rust inhibitor was used in the motor. Run it on high for 5-8 hours and the smell should dissipate. In the rare case where it doesn't (1 out of however many have called), they'll replace.

Posted on Jul 02, 2008

Return it.

Posted on Jun 30, 2008

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