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    My Philips Air Purifier produces a bad or unpleasant smell

    Updated on 2021-04-28

    If your Philips Air Purifier produces an unpleasant smell, there might be some possible causes. Find out here how to resolve this.

    Plastic smell produced during initial usage

    The first few times you use your air purifier, it may produce a plastic smell.

    Do not worry, this is normal and will fully disappear within a few days.

    However, if the appliance produces a burnt smell, we recommend you to contact us.

    The pre-filter or the filter is dirty

    When your air purifier's pre-filter or filter is dirty, it might cause a dusty odor. Therefore please avoid using the machine in humid or high temperature environments

    In this case, please follow the user manual to clean or replace the pre-filter or filter. (Different product have different instruction to clean the filter or replace the filter, please ready the user manual carefully.)

    It normal phenomenon in active carbon filter

    This issue cannot happen on the HEPA filter.

    Philips air purifier use the principle of physical adsorption to purify the air and will not cause secondary pollution to the environment. If it is used in a confined space with pollution such as a newly renovated house, etc., a large amount of harmful gases such as formaldehyde absorbed by the filter will be blown out by the circulating airflow of the purifier, producing a certain sour taste. However, it is completely harmless to the human body and can be used with confidence. If there is a sour smell, it is recommended to put the activated carbon filter in a sunny and well-ventilated place for a period of time to effectively solve the problem.

    If the filter has been used for a long time, it is recommended to replace a new one.

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