10:03AM | 07/20/04
Member Since: 07/19/04
4 lifetime posts
We just moved into our new home about 2 months ago. We have a 3 bedroom back to front split ranch. The middle bedroom has a strong rubber odor. I can't for the life of me figure out what is causing it. The 2 bedrooms and either side, the attic and the family room below have no odor.

We do have a screen in porch - the porch roof is beneath the windows in this bedroom. Could it be from the sun hitting the tar? The roof is VERY old and needs to be replaced. But, when I stick my head out the window - there seems to be no odor out there.

We recently had an electrician install a ceiling fan - he noticed the smell but didn't seem concerned that it was wiring.

We have a forced hot air vent - but it doesn't seem to be coming from that.

It defnitely doesn't not smell like a dead animal....

ANY OTHER IDEAS? Suggestions on how to pinpoint it?


plumber Tom

04:17PM | 07/20/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
The only thing I can think of is if that room was painted before you moved in. You could be smelling remnants of some type of stain sealer or other oil-based paint. Smell questions are one of the hardest to answer, so I hope this shed some light on your problem. Post back and let us know if you found the answer.


05:54PM | 07/20/04
Member Since: 07/19/04
4 lifetime posts
Thanks plumber Tom...

Well we did repaint - the previous owner mentioned that the room was spray painted previously.

Also, the wood floor in this room is in bad shape (scratches, peeling poly-urethane, etc.)

Would either of those be a cause? If so, how do you correct it?


09:46PM | 07/25/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
"We recently had an electrician install a ceiling fan - he noticed the smell but didn't seem concerned that it was wiring."

Was the ceiling fan a Hunter fan?

Hunter fans are well aware of a problem with a 'burning rubber smell' with their fans.

The problem is that there is a rubber band that goes around the glass globes of their light kits.

These rubber bands protect the glass from the turn screws that hold them in place to the light fixtures and these rubber bands also keep the glass globes or shades for rattling during fan operation.

The problem with these "rubber bands" is that they smell like burning rubber when warmed from the lights.

Hunter recommends simply removing the rubber bands and discarding them.

Been there. Done that. Got driven nuts to get the tee shirt over it.

But it is a non-safety problem that is easily ignored or corrected however you appraoch it.


11:19PM | 05/14/14
Wow. Had a Hunter installed by electrician today. Just googled "burning smell after installing ceiling fan". Thanks so much.


03:27AM | 08/07/14
I smelled a "burnt rubber" smell when I opened the doors outside tonight.
My dog woke me up about 2am this morning and I let him outside to use the bathroom. When I opened the back door I noticed a very strong smell that smelled like burnt rubber to me. I went to the front door and the same smell was detected.
I could not detect it until I opened the doors to outside.
Because of my concerns, I called 911 and reported it so the fire department could check it out.
I was kind of embarrassed, as they came and could not smell it. They even had a machine that detects certain odors and it read "0". I don't know why I am smelling this smell. Just curious.


12:46AM | 07/12/15
Same issue, smelling something like burnt rubber. I'm an electrician and I wired my basement. I took every pot light out and ran a thermal camera... Nothing. After 6 hours and pulling all the electrical apart in my basement I found it. It was a metal shelf with a rubber coating on it in the closet. For some reason it stunk. I installed it 3 years ago and it's never been an issue but we are having a hot summer so somehow the heat must be making it stink.....made in China spell. Google it!
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