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Getting rid of the smell of a blown electrolytic capacitor? Answered

So, I was replacing a bad capacitor on a smart car battery charger. It was making a terrible whining noise, which the bad cap was causing. So, I replaced it. But, silly me, I installed it backwards, so when I powered it up, it vented up a storm. Now, the basement smells of burnt electrolytes. I've opened windows, and even had a fan running to draw air in, but that nasty smell lingers. What else could I try to rid of it?

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Josehf Murchison

Best Answer 3 years ago

Fire damage deodorizer and wash from ceiling to floor, they do make a spray on deodorizer but most of the strongest deodorizers are not sold to the public.

If it is not too bad the smell will go away with time.

The washing of the walls and ceiling is helpful. The smell has definitely gotten much better, though it's still very faint.

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Downunder35m

3 years ago

Go to an aquarium or hydroponics shop and get yourself a little ozone generator.
You also get bigger ones for water purification use, they offer a timer.
Use only for short periods of time, once you can smell the ozone it was on too long ;)
The ozone will break down all smells in quite a short time but it to be used with caution, especially if pets or people are in the treated rooms.

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Downunder35mJosehf Murchison

Answer 3 years ago

Not really I use it for petrol smells, stinky clothes, paint and sometimes even after bigger parties to get rid of the smoke and alcohol smell.
If there would not be the issue of most devices producing far too high levels of ozone I would even recommend them for general use, e.g. for people with a lot of pets...

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rickharris

3 years ago

try Fabreez air freshener - It works with most smelly things.