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The exhaust coming out of my PSU is starting to smell like burning rubber. Is there something wrong? Or is there like a breakin period? Should I try to warranty it or skip that and open it up to see what the deal is? The PSU is a Chiefmax 350W. It is setup in my new SFF PC so it's really hard to come across a mATX PSU.
    
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Well sometimes thats just the smell given off when the components are getting hot..if you see anything dodgy then yes get rid lol but otherwise it may be fine.
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That is sometimes the smell of old dust heating up
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Yes dust is also a major factor in PSU smells lmao.
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Unless you dont mind a unexpected house fire or maybe your PC components going poof I would definetly get rid of it,,,

when the powersupply is overheating you get that smell so either 1. a fan is dead and it is getting hot or .. 2. its just gonna die and something of over heating,,,

usually something smells like its burning because it is,,,

also I would of got rid of the chieftec PSU anyway no need to keep such a crappy PSU,, I actually had a chieftec die on me 2 years back before I knew much about PSU's and the difference ,,,,
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yea the safest bet would be eather watch it and make sure nothing it over heating to the point were it may light fire or replace it.

my opinion would be to maybe even get a veiw of the source of burning and see if it can be fixed and if not then get rid of it or exchange it for the same power supply maybe its just a faulty one.
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you could also get a can of air and clean it out to see if it fixes it but i would just switch it out for a established brand PSU,,, couldnt hurt and can only help your overall system
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See, I'm a little iffy about opening up the PSU. It's pretty new - 3-4 months, so I'm not sure if I should just try to warranty it because if I open it up I would void the warranty. Do you even think I would be able to warranty the thing? If not, then I guess I'll dive in to see what the stench is. Also, any good recommendations for a solid mATX PSU?
    
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