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Have a strong smell of bakelite coming from vents with air cleaner on. What is the problem?

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Something is hot inside. Turn off the air cleaner and run the fan on manual. If the smell goes away, have the unit cleaned and serviced. If it remains, your blower motor or belt is going bad.

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