Why Your Air Fryer Smells Like Burnt Plastic — If you’ve been using your air fryer lately and have noticed a strange smell, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Many people have reported that their air fryers smell like burnt plastic. So what’s causing this smell, and is there anything you can do to fix it? Keep reading to find out!

Why Your Air Fryer Smells Like Burnt Plastic
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Do you have an air fryer? If so, have you ever noticed that it smells like burnt plastic? This is a common issue with air fryers, but don’t worry – we have a solution! In this blog post, we will discuss the causes of the burnt plastic smell and how to fix it. We will also provide some tips for keeping your air fryer smelling fresh.

New Air fryer Owners

If you’re one of the lucky people who just got a new air fryer for the holidays, then you’re in for a treat! Air fryers are amazing kitchen appliances that allow you to cook food using hardly any oil. This means that you can enjoy your favorite fried foods without feeling guilty about them.

My main piece of advice to anyone who is experiencing chemical odor from the air fryer is to use a soft sponge and a bowl of warm water, and gently wipe down your air fryer, 90% of the time, you will notice that there is a small piece of plastic in the air fryer, that was left behind.

Fixing an Air Fryer’s Burning Smell

If your Air Fryer is emitting a burning smell, don’t worry – you’re not alone. This common issue can be caused by a variety of factors, but it’s usually an easy fix. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the most common causes of a smelly Air Fryer and how to solve them. Keep reading for tips on how to get your Air Fryer back up and running like new!

Before you contact the manufacturer, of your new appliance, here are some common reasons why you might be getting some bad smells coming from the air fryer. Remember you are usually cooking your new kitchen appliance at high temperatures, and sometimes during the cooking process you may notice an unpleasant odor:

The major reason:

  1. Plastic Pieces: Make sure when you unbox your new air fryer basket and model that you look inside the air fryer and make sure that you remove any loose pieces, otherwise you will smell plastic fumes coming from your air fryer. This happens usually because inside the air fryer, usually near the heating element the manufacturer leaves a small piece of plastic parts, or plastic components, which will burn as you cook your crispy foods. Remember that there are hundreds of plastic pieces and removable parts in your air fryer.
  2. Protective Coating: Before your air fryer is shipped to you, the manufacturer usually sprayed a protective coating inside of the air fryer, as you start to air frying you will notice that the smell goes away after a while.
  3. Power Cord: Sometimes during transit, manufacture, or while opening the package, you will notice that the power cord is damaged, or you have a damaged power cord. This should be returned as soon as possible since it does pose a fire hazard.
  4. Poor Cleaning: While you may have seen lots of Tiktoks on cleaning the air fryer, the truth is that you really just need to use hot water, lemon juice, and some dish soap for regular proper cleaning. I highly recommend that you wash your air fry basket after each and every use. And remember was the inner walls, with a damp cloth or sponge.

Why Your Air Fryer Smells Like Burnt Plastic 

Why Your Air Fryer Smells Like Burnt Plastic

If your air fryer smells like burnt plastic or has an unpleasant smell, you’re not alone. This is a common issue with these appliances, and it can be frustrating when your food tastes bad because of it. Below, we will discuss the causes of the smell of plastic and how to fix it. We will also provide some tips for keeping your air fryer smelling fresh.

Small Pieces Of Plastic In Your Air Fryer

One possible reason for your air fryer smelling like burnt plastic is that there may be small pieces of the non-stick coating or plastic from the basket coming off and getting heated up. This can happen if the basket or tray is not properly maintained or cleaned, or if it is scratched or damaged.

Food Grade Oil

Most people do not know that the air fryer basket is spayed with food-grade oil, that protects the air fryer and air fryer basket, from scratch, from the manufacturer’s location to your home. This chemical smell usually goes after you use the air fryer a couple of times. I highly recommend using a paper towel and a bowl of warm water and wiping down the air fryer before using it for the first time. You can also use a wet sponge and wipe (only wiping) the heating coil. I also recommend that you run it a couple of times (as a dry run) without any food in food in the frying basket. So, remember to give your first air fryer a good wash!

Food Is Stuck In Heating Element

Another possibility is that there may be residue or food particles stuck to the heating element, causing it to overheat and emit a burning smell. To prevent this, make sure to clean the air fryer regularly and avoid overcrowding the basket. This is especially true if you are cooking fatty foods in the air fryer, or you have not cleaned your grease separator tray. Also, keep in mind that you should not be using regular cooking oil, you should be using high-heat oil, such as olive oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, or coconut oil.

Now You Need To Contact The Manufacturer

If the burnt plastic smell persists even after cleaning, it could indicate a malfunction in the appliance itself. In this case, it is best to stop using the air fryer and contact the manufacturer for further guidance. The circuit board could be damaged, or one of the air fryer components could be damaged.

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