The smell of burning paint?
I've scoured the web, and this forum seems to be the premiere "what is causing this smell" forum.
Our basement laundry room smells like burning paint. A couple of days ago I noticed an odd chemical smell in the house (end unit townhouse), but my husband had a bad cold and we weren't able to track down the smell.
The next morning we went down to the basement to do laundry and the smell about knocked us both over. It was very obviously coming from the laundry room. It smelled like a mix of burning, chemicals and paint.
We have an almost 30 year old standard fridge (big fridge, small freezer on top), a 10 year old top loading washer and a six month old dryer.
We unplugged the fridge because it seemed to be the culprit. After several hours that didn't seem to be helping. Next we unplugged the washer because it is leaving the clothes very wet and has been doing so for a few days. Still no help. Then we unplugged the dryer.
Today the smell is much less noticeable, but it is still here in the basement. It makes me really nervous. We do have a carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarms, neither of which have been set off.
My neibhor is a long time volunteer firefighter. He came over and said he didn't think it was anything electrical. He suggested we get the dryer vent cleaned out (something we have been meaning to do since we moved in 3 years ago). I made an appointment for Wed. morning, so we'll see if that helps.
I just wonder if I need an electrician or what? Both my husband and the neighbor said I don't need to call 911, even though it is freaking me out to sleep with those smells.
We have gas heat and a gas dryer, but it does not smell like gas. Now that everything is unplugged it mainly smells like paint (we last painted three years ago).
Like I said, we an are end unit townhouse. The laundry room is against the outside wall, so it shouldn't be a smell from neighbors. I have not been able to feel any heat radiating off the walls.
I have looked for any sort of chemical spills, but haven't found anything. The fridge doesn't seem to be leaking anything. I don't know what freon is supposed to smell like.
Sorry for the book. I was trying to give you as much information as possible to work from. Thank you in advance for any help you can give. I really appreciate any expertise you might have. In my hometown I would have had a ton of my dad's construction worker friends I could call, but now we live in a place were I don't know anyone who does that type of work.