Burning Smell Coming From Your Bread Maker? Read This


Does your bread maker smell like burning?

You’re not alone! A burning smell can immediately make you feel concerned. But you’ll feel relieved knowing there’s probably nothing wrong with your bread maker.

If you notice a burning smell coming from your bread maker, let it cool down. It’s also important to clean it after using it, paying particular attention to spilled ingredients. If your bread maker is brand new, it’s common to notice a burning smell during the first couple of uses.

Ready to fix the problem? Let’s dive in!

Bread Maker Smells Like Burning? Try These 4 Fixes

A burning smell coming from your bread maker will make you feel worried. What’s burning? Is it your bread, some bread crumbs, or something else? You can pinpoint the problem and fix it with the help of the following four steps.

#1 If Your Bread Maker Is Brand New, Use it a Couple of Times

It’s normal for new bread makers to smell like burning.

Allow me to explain. New bread makers come with a factory coating over the heating coils that protects the unit from wear while in storage.

When you first turn your bread maker on, it will begin to burn off the protective coat. So, it will smell like smoke or chemicals the first and maybe even the second time you use it.

Once you have used your bread maker a couple of times, the burning smell should disappear. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to contact the manufacturer, as the machine could have a fault. The manufacturer should be able to offer you a repair or a replacement under the warranty.

#2 Allow the Bread Machine to Cool Down

Is your bread machine smoking and smelling like burning? Your heat settings are probably too high, and your bread has burned.

In such cases, I recommend turning your bread maker off, unplugging it from the power source, and letting it cool down.

switching a bread maker off
Turn the bread machine off if it smells like burning.

Here are a few tips to keep your bread from burning:

  • Follow the recipe closely. Stick to the cooking time mentioned in the instructions. Some recipes are in Fahrenheit, and others in Celsius. Convert the heating measurements correctly.
  • Set a timer if your bread machine doesn’t have an automatic shut-off. When the timer goes off, remove the bread from the machine.
  • Bake the right quantity of bread for the bread maker. Baking too little at a high temperature will cause the bread to burn.
  • If the bread begins to burn, remove it from the breadmaker. Wipe the bread bin with a warm, *damp cloth to get the burned-on bread off the unit.
  • If the bread maker begins to smoke, turn it off. Allow the bread maker to cool before you touch it. Open a window before taking the lid off.

*NOTE: Never submerge the bread maker in water. After cleaning the bread pan with a damp cloth, dry it before returning it to the machine.

#3 Clean Spilled Ingredients

When a bread maker smells like burning, cleaning any spilled ingredients is crucial since they can easily burn.

Some ingredients, such as flour, are very fine and can easily find their way onto the heating elements in your bread make, resulting in different performance issues.

Here’s how to clean the spilled ingredients to get rid of the burning smell:

  1. Turn your bread maker off, unplug it, and allow it to cool down.
  2. Take the bread pan out of the bread maker and wipe around the outside of it.
  3. Dry the bread pan.
  4. Turn the bread maker upside down and give it a shake to remove any ingredients or crumbs from inside it.
  5. Use a dry cloth to wipe around the bread maker’s heating elements and clean it on the inside. Never use a damp cloth to wipe over the heating elements in the bread maker.
  6. Wipe the bread maker with a cloth on the outside.
  7. Return the bread pan to the bread maker.
dirty bread maker tin
Bread machine smells like burning? Clean any spilled ingredients.

My usual advice to prevent spills is to remove the bread pan from the bread maker when adding the ingredients. Doing so will reduce the chance of them getting into the main part of the bread maker and smoking.

It’s also important to keep your bread maker closed while mixing your ingredients for the dough.

#4 Clean the Unit After Each Use

In my opinion, cleaning your bread maker after every use is one of the most effective ways to prevent a burning smell.

You see, some bread recipes contain oil or butter, and if not cleaned properly, their residue can build up over time and burn.

Here’s how to clean your bread maker:

  1. After using your bread maker, turn it off and unplug it. Then, please wait for it to cool.
  2. Remove the bread pan and the bread.
  3. Wipe the bread pan with a warm, damp cloth and mild detergent. Clean the pan inside and out, removing any crumbs from it.
  4. Turn the bread maker upside down and give it a shake to remove any ingredients or crumbs.
  5. Use a dry cloth to wipe around the bread maker’s heating elements.
  6. Wipe the bread maker with a cloth on the outside and dry the bread pan.
  7. Return the bread pan to the bread maker.
  8. Store the bread maker in a cupboard or cover it to prevent dust from building up on it.

Wrapping Up: Fixing a Bread Maker That Smells Like Burning

Hopefully, now you know how to clean burnt bread makers.

Remember that if there’s a burning smell coming from your bread machine, turn it off and allow it to cool down. You’ll need to clean it after every use and pay special attention to spilled ingredients, which can easily burn.

Don’t forget that a new bread maker can smell like burning due to the materials used during the manufacturing process. So, if you just purchased your unit, use it a couple of times.

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I've been helping homeowners with appliance repair since 2016. Starting out as an enthusiastic amateur, I've since worked with many Appliance, HVAC, and DIY experts over the last 7+ years. My mission is to help fix your appliances and prevent future issues - saving you stress, time, and money. Visit my author page to learn more! Read more